Ex-Pumpkin Completes Drug Classes; Charges Dropped

Charges against former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy Wretzky for possession of crack cocaine were dropped Friday, May 19 following her completion of a court-ordered drug prevention class.

Wretzky, 32, did not appear in Cook County District Court for the hearing, said Jodee Fallon, a spokesperson for the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's office.

In February, Judge Nicholas Ford gave the bassist just more than three months to attend four drug-abuse prevention classes as part of a program offered to first-time offenders in lieu of a trial (see "Former Pumpkin D'Arcy Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge").

Wretzky maintained her innocence after that hearing. "I didn't do it," she said at the time. "I gave somebody a ride. That was it."

Her lawyer, Richard Brzeczek, said on Friday that he had not spoken to Wretzky since the February hearing and was not required to be in court because the

classes were completed. He said he did not know when she finished the course, or where it took place.

Wretzky, who quit the Smashing Pumpkins in September, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. January 25. She was accused of buying a third of a gram of crack cocaine from a housing complex on West Lake Street in Chicago.

An officer dressed in street clothes watched Wretzky enter a car carrying two other people, police have said. The car then drove away with the headlights off and allegedly made several traffic violations, including two illegal U-turns.

Police said they found the drugs in three plastic bags in the pocket of the driver, identified as Tony Young, but that Wretzky claimed that the bags were hers.

Wretzky, a founding member of the superstar rock band, reportedly quit to begin a film career (see "Former Pumpkin D'Arcy Goes Hollywood"). She was replaced by former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur.