Pete Doherty escaped jail today but was told by the court that he was banned from the streets of London.
He pleaded guilty to driving illegally while in possession of a cocktail of drugs including crack, heroin, ketamine and cannabis.
The court was told Doherty had attended a week-long detox programme at the end of July but an unimpressed District Judge Davinder Lachher said she wanted to see more commitment from the star saying: “Anyone can do it for one week.”
The 28 year old was released on bail to give him a chance to stay clean with the condition he stays out of the capital for a month.? Judge Davinder Lachlar said: “What I have in mind is a community order or prison. If he does not show motivation, it’s prison.”
During the 20 minute hearing, Doherty smiled at his mother Jacqueline who was sitting in the public gallery alongside several fans.
HIs cheeky antics almost got him another spell behind bars when he tried to leave the court before the judge had finished. As Judge Lachher was explaining her decision, she asked Doherty: “Do you understand?” He replied “Yeah, I understand what you are saying to me,” before starting to walk away. Judge Lachher snapped “I haven’t finished yet,” to which Doherty replied cockily: “I know”.
He was then warned: “If you don’t want to wait I can make sure you go into the dock.”
One of the singer’s entourage in the public gallery shouted out: “Stop showing off.”
Outside West London Magistrates’ Court in Hammersmith, the ecstatic singer said: “I’m banned from? London. I can’t stay with my mum.”