Fine, driving ban for Nickelback lead singer

Thu May 1, 2008 6:57pm EDT
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Chad Kroeger, the lead singer for Canadian rock band Nickelback, was sentenced on Thursday to a one-year driving ban and fined C$600 ($590) for drunken driving.

The Nickelback frontman was stopped by police for speeding in his luxury Lamborghini sports car in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, British Columbia, in 2006. A breath test found he had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Kroeger, 33, whose legal name is Chad Turton, told reporters as he left the courthouse that he does not condone drinking and driving, but "everyone makes mistakes."

His lawyer said they would appeal the conviction, handed down by the judge last month. The defense had argued during the trial that police violated Kroeger's rights in the way they took the breath test.

($1=$1.02 Canadian)

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Chad Kroeger (L), of the rock band Nickelback, is mobbed by media as he leaves the courthouse in Surrey, British Columbia May 1, 2008 after being sentenced for drunk driving. Kroeger was given a fine of CAD $690 ($678) and has had his driver's license suspended for one year. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>