"Careless" George Michael Charged in Crash

Singer drove Range Rover into London shop last month

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    TK
    Redferns
    It's amazing the George Michael manages to keep it together at all. Having been arrested for bathroom related activity on more than one occasion (once for soliciting sex, once for drug-related activity), but his latest run in with the cops took place on the road. Michael collided with another car, and some suspected he might have been drunk. "Neither of us was charged because we were both stone cold sober," he said.

    Trouble is still on the trail of George Michael.

    The British singer was charged Thursday with pot possessing driving under the influence following his car crash last month, London police said. Michael, 47, an admitted pothead who keeps getting busted, was released on bail to appear in court Aug. 24, a police statement added.

    After crashing into a shop, the singer climbed out of his Range Rover and waited for cops after the 3:30 am incident, according to the Daily Mail. The 47-year-old singer was not given a breathalyzer test at the scene but was taken to a police station, where he may have been tested for drugs, the paper said.

    It was just the latest in a string of scrapes for Michael, one of the biggest stars of the 1980s. In 2007, he was arrested in London after drivers complained he was blocking the road. He pleaded guilty to driving while while under the influence of drugs and was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to community service.

    At the time, he told the BBC that he smoked too much pot. Absolutely I would like to take less, no question," he said. "To that degree, it's a problem."

    But he added, "I'm a happy man and I can afford my marijuana so that's not a problem."

    Last year, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when his Land Rover hit a truck. Back in 1998, he was arrested by LA cops in a park restroom and later pleaded no contest to engaging in a lewd act.

    The Grammy award winner has sold an estimated 100 million albums as a solo artist, churning out such hits as "Careless Whisper" and "Faith."
     

    Selected Reading: Reuters, BBC, The Daily Mail.