Pete Doherty has nearly as many drug and driving offenses to his name as he has years spent on this planet. On Tuesday, the Babyshambles frontman was slapped on the wrist for his latest offense — bringing 13 doses of heroin into a drunk-driving hearing, popeater.com reports. An English court handed him only a $1,400 US fine. But it’s about to get worse for the embattled tabloid prince. Maybe a whole lot worse after friend Robin Whitehead was found dead of an overdose just a day after visiting the rocker, the website adds.
Doherty was in court for sentencing on Dec. 21 for June charges of driving carelessly while drunk and in possession of drugs when “13 wraps of heroin” fell from his pocket. “He was in a rush to get to court. He was handed a coat and he didn’t check the pockets,” his lawyer explained to the judge on Tuesday. The popular musician pleaded guilty to the December charges. He was ordered to pay $3,300 in fines and was banned from driving for 18 months. The drugs fell out of his pockets upon his exiting the courthouse.
His lawyer explained to the court that Doherty “is a recovering heroin addict and has received some very sophisticated medical treatment.”
Because he is currently in treatment, and is reportedly using medical implants that cancel the effects of heroin, Judge Boparai decided against using the “public purse” to rehabilitate the singer.
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