George Michael issued jail warning
Pop singer George Michael was warned he faced jail after he admitted crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.
The 47-year-old star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, appeared amid heavy security at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court after he was arrested last month.
He pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he was held in Hampstead, north-west London, in the early hours of July 4.
The court heard the Wham! star was found slumped at the wheel of his car after a resident dialled 999 to report a vehicle had ploughed into a branch of Snappy Snaps.
Police who banged on the window to rouse him suspected he was under the influence of something after they found him "spaced out" and with no memory of what had happened.
Michael was found carrying two cannabis cigarettes and tests on a sample of his blood revealed he had chemicals linked to the drug in his system.
The court heard Michael was also convicted of driving while unfit through drugs after he was found collapsed in his Mercedes in October 2006.
The crash was the latest in a long line of clashes with the law involving Michael, who has been open about his use of cannabis and claimed he is trying to cut down.
The star has been cautioned for drugs possession, questioned over several minor accidents and, famously, fined for "engaging in a lewd act" in a California public toilet.
District Judge Robin McPhee banned Michael from driving and said he could be jailed when he returns to the court next month to be sentenced. Mr McPhee said: "I make it clear all options, in respect of sentencing, remain open, including powers to imprison. It is a serious matter. Your driving was extremely poor and there was an accident. There is also your conviction from three years ago."