Pete Doherty Back in Shambles After Arrest

Babyshambles frontman remanded in police custody for drug possession and driving offenses; due in court tomorrow

By Gina Serpe Jun 11, 2009 5:42 PMTags
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UPDATE: Pete Doherty has been released on roughly $82,000 bail after entering various pleas on his most recent litany of charges.

The rocker pleaded guilty to possessing heroin—found both on his person and in his home—and for driving without insurance, but entered a not guilty plea for his drunk-driving and dangerous driving charges.

He's due back in court on Aug. 11, but his temporary freedom hasn't come without plenty of strings attached.

Doherty's bail conditions include his required weekly attendance at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, a 7 p.m. curfew on nights he is not performing, a ban from even so much as sitting in the front seat of a car and he has also been ordered to have a medical implant fitted to prevent him from further drug use.


If nothing else, Pete Doherty certainly knows how to bookend a week.

Just days after Babyshambles' ever shambolic frontman was fined by Swiss police for being intoxicated and in possession of a hypodermic needle on a recent flight, the rocker found himself back in police custody this morning after getting arrested on—surprise, surprise—suspicion of drug possession, among other indiscretions.

"At approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 11, officers on patrol in Eastgate Street, Gloucester, saw a car being driven erratically," a police spokeswoman said.

Police arrested the 30-year-old Doherty on suspicion of drunken driving, possession of Class A drugs, driving without a license or insurance and dangerous driving after failing to stop for police.

Doherty and an unidentified female were arrested and taken for questioning to a police station in Gloucester, located in western England. The former Libertine had performed a solo show in the town earlier last night.

While Doherty was being questioned, police reportedly raided his nearby home; it's unknown what they were looking for or whether they found anything incriminating.

Police have remanded Doherty in custody and will not release him until he faces a judge.

The rocker is due to appear in Stroud Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

His female companion was also arrested for drug possession but has since been released without charge.


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