Doherty arrested on drug charge

Dec. 21, 2009 at 9:30 PM
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LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- British rocker Pete Doherty, whose music career has been overshadowed by his rehab stints and legal woes, has been arrested again, officials say.

The Sun reported Doherty, 30, was charged Monday with suspicion of taking drugs into Gloucester Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, heroin possession, driving without a license and driving without insurance. He was ordered to pay several thousand dollars in fines for the offenses and had his license suspended for 18 months.

Police say a plastic-wrapped packet of what appeared to be drugs fell out of Doherty's pocket when he checked in at a security desk. Doherty was arrested after the hearing, The Sun said.

"He was being frisked by a security officer and when he emptied his pockets a clingfilm wrap fell out," a witness told the newspaper. "The security man picked it up and saw it contained what looked like little blue crystals. The security man phoned the police and about six officers came over and waited to arrest Doherty when his case was over."

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