Pete Doherty Released, Arrested, Released
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 11:06:19
“Potty” Pete Doherty picked the right country to call home. Despite seemingly weekly arrests for serious drug offenses, the ex-Libertines singer keeps avoiding consequences from sympathetic British judges.
On April 20, Doherty dodged jail time despite admitting to seven charges of drug possession. Judge Jane McIvor praised Doherty for his diligent rehab efforts, noting proudly that he hadn’t been arrested since January. But he wasn’t released back into the wild scot-free; he was banned from getting behind the wheel for a six-month period. Cruelty, thy name is the British justice system.
Flash forward three hours later, and a plainclothes police officer arrests Doherty and a 21-year-old companion on “suspicion” of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. Doherty’s drugs of choice weren’t clear in this case, but his previous convictions have included crack cocaine, heroin, morphine and good ol’ fashioned marijuana. The maximum conviction for a Class A charge like Doherty’s is life imprisonment -- but one suspects that the judge will settle for a $20 fine and an autograph.
Doherty had been planning a possible concert in a London prison, and he had another chance to tour the facilities, getting an overnight stay after his arrest. It was the drug possession -- not delivery -- charge that caused the imprisonment. His attorney, Sean Curran, the hardest-working man in showbiz, said that Doherty was released on bail “pending further inquiries to a date in June.”
Added Doherty, “I feel like smacking you in the face, mate, stay away from me.”
--The ARTISTdirect Staff