Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger announced Thursday he is giving up on appealing a drunk driving conviction.

Kroeger, whose real name is Chad Turton, was stopped by Surrey RCMP driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08. He was handed a one-year suspension and a fine of $600.

The incident happened in June 2006 when officers saw a red $175,000 Lamborghini speeding through a suburban area. The arresting officer estimated the speed at more than 160 kilometres per hour. When he asked for the driver’s licence and insurance, Kroeger handed him a Visa.

Kroeger’s lawyer, Marvin Stern, said they were going to argue it was illegal for the Mountie to ask the rock star to blow on his face based on an assumption that he had been drinking, but a similar appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada failed.

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