George Michael has allegedly been arrested again after yet another driving incident. This time, unfortunately, it’s reported to be much more serious – a high-speed crash involving his Range Rover and an articulated lorry (a large truck). At the time, George was near his home in Goring, rather than his home in Highgate, London where the driving incidents have occurred historically. Fortunately, no-one – including George – appears to have been hurt. Reports suggests his car was a wreck, with the passenger side of the vehicle having been completely destroyed.
After the accident, a large number of police officers attended the scene, and George was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Police held George for five hours, and then released him without charge – so presumably all the tests were clear. Reading the reports it seems pretty likely the cause of the accident was a repeat of the “usual problem” of George becoming disorientated and not knowing where he is or what he’s doing.
This from The Mail:
Laurie Rowe, the driver of the lorry, said:
‘He seemed completely disorientated, like he had no idea what was going on. He looked totally dazed and even tried to climb into the cab of my lorry. He kept saying he was worried he would go to jail.’
Michael, 46, crashed into the lorry on the A34 in Berkshire in the early hours yesterday.
Mr Rowe, from Scotland, said he saw the silver Range Rover weaving from one side of the road to the other in his rear view mirror moments before the collision occurred.
The impact of the crash was so great the lorry driver feared Michael was dead.
‘He hit me so hard that it knocked my rear axle two feet up in the air,’ he said. When I stopped the lorry and got out to see what had happened, I didn’t think he would have survived.’
This report from The Sun has more information:
His 4×4 twice bounced off the central reservation of the A34 near Newbury, Berks, before coming to a stop in the middle of the road just after 1am yesterday.
The motor was a write-off and the gay singer – described as “away with the fairies” – survived by a miracle.
Shocked George climbed out of the wreck and tried to beg a lift in Lawrie’s cab.
Lawrie of Middlesbrough, said: “I was driving at 45mph in the inside lane when I saw a car come speeding up behind me, its lights on full beam.
“It must have been doing about 100mph and was weaving all over the place as if it was overtaking and undertaking. It smashed into the back of my cab and I felt a hell of a thump.
“His car went spinning across the outside lane and into the central barrier before bouncing back into my cab. He then hit the barrier again.”
“I pulled over and called the police and ambulance. “There was no movement from his car for what seemed like ten minutes. I was really shaken and thought someone had died.
“The Range Rover’s bonnet was sticking up, the front panels were missing and all the windows were shattered.
“There were big scrape marks along the full length of the vehicle. It was blocking the road.
“Eventually the guy got out of his car. He came over to my cab and asked if I had stopped to give him a lift. I was stunned.
“He was absolutely not with it, so I told him no. But he insisted and came around the other side of the truck and tried to get in the passenger door.
“When it finally dawned on him that I wouldn’t give in, he walked off down the verge.
“He was quite merry and wanted a lift but didn’t say where to. He was wearing glasses, a black baseball cap, a tight-fitting black T-shirt, black trousers and Crocs shoes. He carried a satchel.”
Dazed George walked about 1½ miles down the verge before other truckers stopped him and made him wait for the police to arrive.
Clive Butterfield, 48, who was driving the truck in front of Lawrie’s said: “How he got out alive is beyond me. It’s a miracle.
“The left side of the Range Rover was non-existent. He walked up and asked for a lift. We said he had to wait for the police.”
Driver David Hooper, 50, added: “He was strolling along a dual carriageway, totally away with the fairies.”
Lawrie said: “When police arrived I said the guy looked like George Michael. They told me it was. He couldn’t walk in a straight line.”
But drug tests on George at a police station proved negative. He was released at 6am. Police said 14 officers went to the scene.
If these reports are even close to accurate, George is clearly lucky to have escaped injury or even death. I think the time has now come for George to consider if it makes sense for him to drive late at night – it appears he has not resolved whatever medical problems he has during his two-year driving ban. With this latest incident occurring so soon after getting his driving license back, it’s clear that, unless he changes his behavior, he’s going to kill or injure himself or a third party at some point – possibly soon. Fortunately for George, he was in his Range Rover this time, rather than, say, his new Ferrari. The Ferrari would not have protected him as well as the Range Rover did, and could have accelerated much more rapidly after going out of control.
It should be noted that a a spokeswoman for George claimed he had not been arrested. However, this story has been reported by the BBC and quotes the police commenting on the arrest – so I think we can safely assumed the spokeswoman was simply unaware of the crash.
It’s also more than possible that the media and/or eye-witnesses have fabricated and/or exaggerated parts of the story. For sure, it would be unusual for someone to:
- Crash into the back of a lorry at 100mph
- Have the car be a wreck
- Appear to be dead for ten minutes
- Then just get out of the car and walk away with no injuries.
So my guess is that there’s some inaccurate reporting going on (as well as some unimaginative gay “jokes” – “rear-ending truckers”, “away with the fairies” etc… Yawn…). The facts of the story, as far as I can tell, are thin on the ground at the moment. What seems to have happened is:
- George crashed his Range Rover (he doesn’t own a Land Rover, BBC) into a lorry
- George was unhurt in the incident
- No-one else was hurt in the incident
- There were no drugs and no alcohol in his system
- He was questioned by police and released without charge
Anyway, perhaps more details will emerge at some point. Can’t see George wanting to comment on this particularly. Really hope he’s OK…