Pete Doherty charged for drink driving and drug possession

The Babyshambles singer has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before magistrates in Stroud on Friday

Pete Doherty has been charged with being drunk at the wheel while in possession of class A drugs.

The Babyshambles singer was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning after police spotted him driving erratically as he left a gig in Gloucester. The singer has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before magistrates in Stroud on Friday.

A woman who was with Doherty at the time of his arrest was also taken into custody last night, but has been released without charge.

Doherty, 30, has been arrested many times in recent years for various offences. Last year he was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison after breaching his probabtion order for charges relating to drugs and driving offences. Doherty also spent a short time in prison in 2003 after breaking into the house of his former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat.

Doherty's drug use has been well-documented since his rise to fame with the Libertines in the early 2000s. Earlier this week Doherty was arrested after allegedly taking illegal drugs during a flight to Geneva. He was released after paying a fine.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: "At approximately 12.30am officers on patrol in Eastgate Street saw a car being driven erratically, it continued down Barton Street and was stopped in Derby Road. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, possession of drugs and failure to stop for police, he remains in custody at this time."


Rosie Swash

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