Just one week after being congratulated by a judge for staying clean, Scott Weiland has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman/current Velvet Revolver singer, who turned 36 on the day of this most recent arrest, was apprehended Monday morning in Los Angeles at 6:37 a.m. An L.A. police spokesperson said that an officer was dispatched at 6:07 a.m. to the corner of Melrose and Genesee, where Weiland’s 2001 BMW allegedly struck a parked van. No injuries were reported.
By following the debris and tire marks, a police officer was able to locate Weiland’s car at the corner of Melrose and North Orange, 15 blocks away. While he was not arrested for the actual accident, he was booked for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Though the results from toxicology tests aren’t expected to be released until his next court date, the drug that Weiland was allegedly on was a narcotic, police said.
The singer was released from jail that same day after posting bail of $15,000.
Weiland’s attorney had no comment on the arrest, pending an investigation.
Prior to this most recent arrest, Weiland had completed most of his drug testing and counseling required on the terms of his probation from two felony charges of possession of heroin and cocaine stemming from his May 17 arrest in Burbank, California (see “Weiland Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges, Offers To Go To Rehab” ). At the October 20 hearing, Judge Colette Serio told him that his freedom could be revoked should he not test clean at his next checkup. Weiland told reporters outside the court that the court-mandated counseling and rehab program “got me reinvigorated about going back to [12-step program] meetings.”
“Sometimes God offers you circumstances that sort of fall in your lap that you thought wouldn’t happen,” he told reporters last week. “Getting busted spurred my desire to seriously get back into recovery.”
Weiland is scheduled for an arraignment on November 17. After that, he’s due back in court in January.
On Thursday he’s scheduled to perform at the SmashBox in Culver City, California, with Velvet Revolver bandmate Duff McKagan and “surprise guests” for a free L.A. Fashion Week event being thrown by McKagan’s wife.
In the meantime, his former group Stone Temple Pilots release their career retrospective, Thank You, on November 11. The one new song on the collection is a track called “All in the Suit That You Wear.” Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum is scheduled to release his debut solo album, Hollywood Zen, on October 31, and the band continues to record its forthcoming debut, due in February.