George Michael gets 8 weeks jail for drug driving

LONDON -- George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and lost his license for five years Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed his car into a London photo shop.

A British judge told the wayward star his addiction to marijuana put him and the public at risk.

The former Wham! singer pleaded guilty last month to driving under the influence and possession of cannabis following a July 4 collision between his Range Rover and a Snappy Snaps store in north London.

District Judge John Perkins told the singer he had taken a "dangerous and unpredictable mix" of prescription drugs and marijuana.

"It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis," the judge said. "That's a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk."  


Drug cocktail causes fridge explosion

Sep 11, 2010 - VANCOUVER (CBC) - Emergency crews were called to an apartment building in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after a tenant's refrigerator exploded Friday night.

Police Insp. Eric Grummisch said a drug cocktail in the fridge caused the explosion at a rooming house in the 100 block of Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. PT.

"A tenant had treated a small amount of marijuana with a solvent and placed it in his refrigerator where it reacted to the light of the refrigerator bulb," he said.

"Apparently, that [light] remained on because the door was not fully closed, and that resulted in the refrigerator exploding."

Grummisch said there was severe damage to the room but no one was injured. He said no charges have been laid.

A Calgary man was sent to hospital earlier this year after his fridge exploded under similar circumstances. In that case, police said volatile substances used to make hashish oil were to blame.