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Pilot Error

Scott Weiland is charged with DUI after car crash. The Velvet Revolver singer is arrested days after a judge warned him to stay off drugs

Just a week after a Pasadena, Calif., judge gave former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland a qualified thumbs-up for staying clear of drugs for five months -- and a warning that if he tests positive, he'll be sent back to court-ordered rehab -- Weiland was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of driving under the influence after a wee-hours car crash, Reuters reports. The rocker hit a parked van with his BMW at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, his 36th birthday, and tried to flee from the scene but was caught 15 blocks away, police told MTV News. He was booked, charged with one misdemeanor DUI count, and released on $15,000 bail, according to police records obtained by EW.com.

Seven days earlier, Reuters reported that Weiland got a positive progress report from Judge Colette Serio, in the wake of his no-contest plea on two felony counts stemming from a May arrest on suspicion of drug possession. She scheduled the next progress report for January. Outside the courtroom, Weiland, who has a well-documented history of drug-related legal trouble, told reporters he believed he would stay on the wagon this time, saying, ''Getting busted spurred my desire to seriously get back into recovery.''

MTV News reports that Weiland's lawyer isn't commenting on the incident, citing the pending investigation. But one Weiland pal says that he was not under the influence during the crash, in which police told Reuters no one was injured. That would be guitarist Slash, one of several former Guns n' Roses members whose new band, Velvet Revolver, is fronted by Weiland. He told his official fan website that ''Scott did have the accident and did attempt to leave, but he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.'' Weiland will be arraigned Nov. 17, six days after the release of STP's greatest hits collection, ''Thank You.''

Originally posted Oct 30, 2003