Singer George Michael has been sentenced in a London courtroom to eight weeks in prison for driving “under the influence of cannabis” after a July arrest.
The NY Post describes the July 4th incident where cops found Michael “slumped at the wheel” after crashing his Range Rover:
In the July incident, the singer was driving home in the early hours of the morning when he mounted the pavement and crashed into a Snappy Snaps photo shop in Hampstead, north London. The store’s windows were shattered and the yellow wooden panels of the shopfront were cracked.
Law enforcement officials say they suspected Michael was under the influence because he had dilated pupils and was sweating following the crash. He was taken to Hampstead station and found to be in possession of two joints. Michael was drug tested, but was not found to have consumed alcohol before the crash. He later apologized to his fans via his website, saying in part:
“Personal problems which I had tried to deal with myself had clearly got the better of me, and I am sorry that my pride has prevented me from seeking help before now,” he wrote.
He was also fined £1250 ($1,934) and will serve four weeks in jail and four “on license.”