Eighties pop icon George Michael appeared in magistrates court yesterday and admitted crashing his car into a branch of Snappy Snaps in London while under the influence of cannabis.
The former Wham! star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, also admitted possessing cannabis at the time of the accident, which occurred in Hampstead, north London, in the early hours of 4th July.
The police found Michael slumped at the wheel of his Range Rover, with the engine still running. He had smashed a window and damaged wood panelling at the shop. When the police tried to rouse him, he attempted to put the car back into gear.
Police say Michael appeared “spaced out”. They also noted he was “sweating profusely” and had “dilated pupils”. A blood sample taken later confirmed the presence of cannabis in his body.
The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges: possession of a class B drug and driving while unfit through drugs.
Admonishing Michael, district court judge Robin McPhee said: “I make it clear the options in respect of sentence remain open, including the power to imprison.
“It is a serious matter. Your driving was extremely poor and there was an accident. There is also a conviction from three years ago.”
He handed Michael an interim six-month driving ban and told him to reappear on 14th September for final sentencing.
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