Nearly eight months after his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, Scott Weiland was sentenced Thursday in a Los Angeles court to three years’ probation, during which he’ll be treated for his drug problem.
Weiland had pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge earlier this week, which stemmed from his arrest on his 36th birthday, October 27th (see “Scott Weiland Involved In Car Crash; Arrested For DUI” ). The Velvet Revolver singer’s BMW struck a parked van, and as part of his sentencing, he was ordered to pay restitution to the owner of the parked vehicle, in addition to a $390 fine.
Under the terms of Weiland’s latest probation, he’ll be required to enroll in a six-month drug-treatment program and attend three Narcotics Anonymous meetings per week for the next three years. Weiland will also be required to submit to regular drug testing, as well as periodic drug testing at the discretion of the police (with or without probable cause), according to the city attorney’s office. During this probation, Weiland is prohibited from being in the possession of, or under the influence of, both alcohol and drugs.
A week before this most recent arrest, Weiland had been congratulated for staying clean by a judge overseeing his probation from two felony charges of possession of heroin and cocaine. Upon hearing of the DUI arrest, that judge determined the latest charge was a violation of Weiland’s probation and revoked the singer’s freedom, ordering him into detox (see “Scott Weiland To Enter Rehab Immediately, By Order Of Judge” ). The lockdown aspect of his rehab was later amended, and he will have completed the terms of his sober-living program under that probation by the end of this month, at which point he was scheduled to have six more months of after-care counseling and testing.
There’s no word yet if Weiland’s new probation will affect his current one, but the city attorney’s office anticipates that they’ll run concurrently. That matter will likely be decided at the singer’s next probation status report hearing, scheduled for July 30.