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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Careful, George ...

Now, you would think someone who had served a two-year ban for driving while unfit through drugs would be fairly careful when he got back behind the wheel. Not George Michael, though.

Singer George Michael was arrested and questioned by police after his Land Rover was in collision with a lorry on the A34 in Berkshire.

The 46-year-old was held on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs but released after five hours.

Now the original offence, leading to the ban, was in June 2007. So by my calculation he has been back on the road for a couple of months at the most.

The collision was "in the early hours", which always makes you suspect that the driver was rather more cheerful than he should have been (for whatever reason). The police clearly thought so. Obviously, the chap was totally and utterly innocent (or the police surely would have charged him, ignoring his celebrity status and the likelihood of charges of victimisation from saddos everywhere), but don't you think that after serving a lengthy ban he would have been more careful about driving his silver Land Rover into a lorry in the early hours?

I mean, all you have to do is keep a clear head and point the car in the right direction. Lorries tend to be large and easy to spot. It isn't difficult.

UPDATE: Turns out it was a Range Rover, one of the posh new ones. Phew. No harm done.

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