Houston Avoids Serious Punishment for DUI

A judge reduced the charges against the singer to minor infractions. 

Posted: 03/20/2013 01:30 PM EDT
Houston

“I Like That” singer Houston will avoid any serious repercussions for his 2012 DUI case. According to TMZ, Houston’s charge was reduced to a minor traffic violation and the $100 fine he was ordered to pay was suspended. It is not clear why the court minimized his punishment.

Police pulled the 29-year-old, born Houston Summers, over in May 2012 after observing him driving erratically. His car reportedly smelled of marijuana and he was speaking incoherently. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs.

Though he got off scot-free for this incident, Houston still has to live with the 2005 incident that caused him to gouge his own eye out with a plastic fork. While touring in England, the singer attempted suicide by jumping out of a window while on PCP. When his friends stopped him and locked him in a room, he permanently damaged his left eye and was placed in rehab.

Houston’s 2004 hit "I Like That," which featured Chingy, Nate Dogg and I-20, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard charts. The song helped his debut album, It’s Already Written, go gold and suggested big things on the horizon for the Capitol Records signee. 

Houston has blamed the pressures of fame for his past episodes but made two separate runs at comebacks in 2008 and 2009. During a 2008 interview with Hood News, Houston blamed his eye-gouging incident on mafia thugs and still appeared mentally unstable.

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