On this day in auto history – June 8th

Tue 8th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 2007 that troubled superstar George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours community service and banned from driving for two years after he was deemed to have drove whilst unfit to do so.

The former Wham! frontman - who was found slumped semi-conscious at the steering wheel of his Mercedes in a north London side street - pleaded guilty to the offence, blaming tiredness and prescribed drugs for his condition. Drugs, including cannabis, were later found in his system.

Michael - who was again arrested for possession of Class A and Class C drugs the following year - eventually received a custodial sentence in 2010 when driving his Range Rover into a branch of the photographic store Snappy Snaps, with Highbury Magistrates ruling that he crashed the car under the influence of cannabis.

Three years later, Michael again hit the headlines for a motoring incident when amazingly cheating death after falling out of the passenger seat of a car at 70 mph onto the fast lane of the M1 near St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Having miraculously dodged oncoming traffic, he was airlifted to hospital from the scene and treated for head injuries.