Singer Pete Doherty faces German jail over unpaid fine
Apr 11, 2011, 14:32 GMT
Berlin - Scandal-plagued British rock singer Pete Doherty could face jail in Germany after failing to pay a fine for wrecking a car a year ago in Berlin, police said Monday.
Berlin police said Doherty's legal problems in Berlin arose from a December 2009 pub crawl in Kreuzberg, a bohemian district of the capital. He was fined 30,000 euros for damaging a parked car.
'If he doesn't pay, he'll have to expect jail instead,' said prosecutor Martin Steltner, adding that a deadline runs out at the end of this week. The court had handed him a fine of 30 days' income, so he would have to spend 30 days in jail if he did not pay.
The 32-year-singer, whose drug and alcohol use has been in and out of newspaper headlines down the years, faced another police investigation only last month over a smash and grab at a music store in the southern German city of Regensburg.
Doherty told police he was present at the store, but was too drunk to remember what happened, police said. That investigation continues.
Doherty was set to begin a concert tour of Germany Monday night at a Berlin venue. The singer, who has fronted the bands The Libertines and Baby Shambles, earlier had an on-again off-again relationship with model Kate Moss.
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