Judge orders Weiland into rehab after car crash. Court rules the singer violated his probation with Monday's arrest on DUI charge

By Gary Susman
October 31, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Last week, a Pasadena judge congratulated Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland for remaining clean since his May drug bust but warned him that, if he tested positive again, he’d violate his probation and be sent straight to rehab. On Thursday, MTV News reports, the court made good on the threat, ordering the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman to undergo detox and then check into the residential Grandview program for six months, in the wake of his car crash Monday and subsequent arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to the police report, Weiland crashed his BMW into a parked van on a Hollywood street around 6:30 a.m. Monday, his 36th birthday. He was booked and released on $15,000 bail and faces a Nov. 17 arraignment. His lawyer hasn’t commented on the misdemeanor DUI charge, pending an investigation, but Weiland’s Velvet Revolver bandmate, guitarist Slash, said on his fan website that Weiland was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Weiland, who has a history of addiction- and drug-related legal trouble, was sentenced to three years’ probation in August after pleading no contest to two felony drug possession charges stemming from a May arrest. On Thursday, Rolling Stone reports, he returned to the Pasadena courthouse with his three Velvet Revolver bandmates (Slash and fellow Guns N’ Roses alumni Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum). There, Colette Serio, the same court official who admonished Weiland last week, ruled that he’ll be allowed to leave rehab for four hours a day for the next few days to finish recording his vocals for the Velvet Revolver debut album, MTV reports. (It’s due in stores in early 2004.) He’ll have to be accompanied by a security guard, and he won’t be allowed to drive.