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Scott Weiland charged with DUI

Rocker Scott Weiland was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of drugs in a car crash last month, prosecutors said. The 40-year-old rocker was arrested Nov. 21 after crashing his car on a highway. He refused to take a blood or urine test as required by law, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said. The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer, who had a DUI conviction in 2004, could face eight days to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor count, Mateljan said.

Weiland, who is free on $40,000 bail, was to be arraigned Thursday.

“Scott is looking forward to having this matter cleared up in court tomorrow,” his publicist Mitch Schneider said Wednesday.

The singer has had a long battle with drug use.

He was arrested for heroin possession in California in 1995. He served five months in jail in 1999 and was arrested again in 2003. Prosecutors charged him with felony heroin and cocaine possession in that case, but dismissed the count after he completed a drug rehabilitation program.

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