Police arrest George Michael on drugs charges
Police have arrested singer George Michael on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs after he was found slumped at the wheel of a car.
Michael was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner in central London early yesterday morning, following a call from a member of the public.
The former Wham! star, 42, was checked by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.
He was initially arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive, but after being taken to a police station and examined by a doctor this offence was not pursued.
The substances seized by officers are suspected to be cannabis and GHB, a drug also known as liquid ecstasy which is popular with clubbers, according to the Sun newspaper.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 42-year-old man had been arrested.
'A search of the man revealed what was believed to be controlled substances,' he said.
'He has been released on bail to return to a central London police station on a date in late March pending analysis of the substances recovered.'
This is not the first time Michael has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
In 1998 the star was arrested for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Los Angeles after being spotted by an undercover police officer.