George Michael was arrested in London on Sunday after police received reports that a car had crashed into a building. According to BBC News, the 47-year-old singer was booked on suspicion of being unfit to drive after being taken to a north London police station. Michael posted bail and was ordered to return in August for a court date.
Sky News reported that police arrested the pop star after viewing closed-circuit TV footage of his Range Rover jumping a curb and smashing into the Snappy Snaps shop in Hampstead around 3:30 a.m., reportedly after attending London’s gay pride parade.
The former Wham! singer had regained his driving privileges just last year after having them suspended in 2007 for two years on charges of driving while unfit due to drugs. In that case, he was accused of smashing into three parked cars and driving off without alerting the cars’ owners. The singer, an admitted heavy marijuana smoker, was arrested in February 2006 after witnesses reported a car obstructing the road. Police found Michael slumped over the wheel of his car and a search turned up controlled substances. Three months later, he was again found passed out in a vehicle; he then smashed into a traffic divider after another driver woke him up. In October 2006, he was found unconscious in his car and taken to a local hospital and charged with possession of marijuana.
This latest arrest marks the seventh driving-related incident for George Michael . He was arrested last year for suspicion of driving under the influence when his Rover hit a truck, and he was arrested again in September 2008 in a public restroom for being in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine and marijuana; he didn’t face charges, but was cautioned by police.