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Singer George Michael arrested after car crash


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LONDON (AFP) – Pop star George Michael was arrested and questioned after his Land Rover car collided with a lorry in Britain, but the singer insisted Saturday he was "stone cold sober" at the time.

The 46-year-old was held in the early hours of Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and drugs, but was released without charge after five hours, the BBC reported.

Michael, the former star of 1980s pop band Wham, later issued a statement insisting he had done nothing wrong.

"Neither of us was charged because we were both stone cold sober. We both think the other is to blame so this is just an insurance fight," he said, referring to the lorry driver.

"I don't want my fans or my family worried by what they are reading all over again."

In 2006, Michael was found slumped over the wheel of his car and was subsequently given a two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

Police confirmed a man had been taken to the Lodden Valley police station near Reading in southeast England Friday.

"Officers were called at 1:00 am on August 14 to a collision on the southbound carriageway of the A34, approximately two miles north of the M4," a spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said.

"It was between a silver Land Rover and an articulated lorry. The driver of the Land Rover, a 46-year-old man, was arrested at the scene.

"He was taken to Lodden Valley police station where he was questioned and released at 5.55am."

The lorry driver, Laurie Row, told the Daily Mail newspaper on Saturday: "He (Michael) seemed completely disorientated, like he had no idea what was going on. He looked totally dazed and even tried to climb into the cab of my lorry."

A spokeswoman for Michael told the Sun newspaper the reports were rubbish.

The star, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with seven US number one singles, 11 number one singles in Britain and six number one albums, was also cautioned for drugs possession in 2008.

 

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