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article imageGeorge Michael jailed for driving under influence of cannabis

By Andrew John     Sep 14, 2010 in Entertainment
Singer George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks after he crashed his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis. He could spend four weeks behind bars and four weeks out on licence, a judge has told him.
The former Wham! star had admitted charges of driving while unfit through drugs and having two cannabis joints in his possession, afer police had found him slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. He was also fined £1,250, ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge, and was banned from driving for five years.
A fan sobbed as Michael was led to the cells.
The singer was arrested in the early hours of one morning in July in Hampstead, northwest London. He had been found apparently unconscious in the Range Rover as a police officer banged on the window.
He was handcuffed and taken to the local police station, where he failed a test to ascertain whether he was fit to drive. He had not been drinking alcohol.
The Independent reports: “Michael’s jail sentence is the culmination of a long line of clashes with the law for the singer, who has been open about his use of cannabis and has claimed in the past that he was trying to cut down.”
The paper’s website report continues: “Michael admitted smoking a ‘small quantity’ of cannabis about 10 p.m. the previous evening and said he also took a newly prescribed sedative to help him sleep.
Addiction to cannabis
“He told police he decided to drive between his homes in Highgate and Hampstead to meet a friend on the spur of the moment and forgot he had taken the sedative.”
District Judge John Perkins told Michael: “It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis. That’s a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk.”
The court had of a previous incident in which Michael (born Georgios Panayiotou) had been also “convicted of driving while unfit through drugs after he was found collapsed in his Mercedes” in October 2006.
On that occasion the singer was banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates’ Court in north London, and sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
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