Nickelback frontman to appeal minimum sentence

Nickelback’s lead singer Chad Kroeger was banned from driving for one year and fined $600 for drunk driving Thursday. The sentence is the mandatory minimum and was endorsed by the Crown, but his lawyer plans to appeal.

Police stopped the Canadian rock star for speeding in his $175,000 Lamborghini sports car in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, British Columbia in June 2006. His blood-alcohol reading was 0.14, almost twice the legal limit.

Kroeger, whose legal name is Chad Turton, said nothing in court and commented only briefly as he promptly left the courthouse through a side door after the sentencing.

When asked if he had anything to say to his young fans, Kroeger replied, “Don’t drink and drive, absolutely.”

“I don’t condone drinking and driving,” he said before sliding into a driven car. “I don’t think you should do it. Everybody 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. When Kroeger was pulled over, the RCMP officer asked him to blow into his face after detecting the smell of alcohol.

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