Green Day vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong is set for a pre-trial hearing February 19 in Alameda County Superior Court for two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. Armstrong will not be there as his legal counsel, Laurel L. Headley, is on the case. Armstrong did not attend his arraignment on February 4, but was represented by his counsel. He pled not guilty to both counts.
Armstrong was arrested January 5, 2003 near his home in Berkeley, California, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Armstrong was stopped near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley speeding in his black BMW convertible. He failed a sobriety test at the scene, and was then taken into police custody. He was released on $1,200 bail.