The drugs found in the car occupied by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Scott Weiland at the time of his arrest Saturday night (May 17) belonged to the 28-year-old female passenger that Scott "was giving a lift home" to and not to the troubled singer, according to an official statement released by Arlett Vereecke, the publicist for the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. "The unnamed passenger [who was identified in a Reuters report as Jennifer Sires—ed.] was taken to county jail and was NOT released," continued the statement, which went on to say that Weiland's arrest "does not affect Scott's standing with Slash, Duff, Matt & Dave [Kushner], because no overall agreement between Scott and the band has been reached yet regarding Scott joining the band."
As previously reported, Weiland, who recently cut two songs with the former members of GUNS N' ROSES and was widely believed to be the top candidate to land the lead singer slot in what's currently dubbed "THE PROJECT," was released on $10,000 bail after police stopped him early Sunday morning for a minor traffic violation and found what they believed to be drugs, according to Burbank Police Lieutenant John Dilibert.
Weiland, who was taken to the police station because he was driving without his headlights on, was released at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday (May 18) and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 2.
While Weiland was recently quoted as saying that he is the official singer for THE PROJECT, the group's publicist said that the final paperwork on the deal has not yet been signed. A source close to the band also said that Weiland's ongoing drug issues are a source of frustration for the rest of the group.
The singer has been arrested on drug charges twice before in California, in 1995 and 1997. He was also busted in New York in 1998, and the next year served prison time in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose that a judge found violated his probation. After his release, Weiland tried to go clean, but was arrested in Las Vegas in 2001 after an argument with his wife Mary over a prescription turned into a domestic violence charge. The Weilands filed for divorce last September.