German rocker jailed for drugged-up hit-and-run

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One of Germany's best-known rock stars was jailed for two years and three months on Monday for causing a near-fatal road accident while high on a cocktail of drugs and fleeing the scene.

Kevin Russell, 46, of the Boehse Onkelz (Nasty Uncles) was driving his high-performance Audi R-8 at 230 kilometres (143 miles) per hour on New Year's Eve 2009 when he rammed into another car on a motorway near Frankfurt.

The other vehicle slammed into the crash barrier and burst into flames, and Russell fled the scene on foot, prosecutors said. When police did catch up with the singer, he told officers he was not the driver.

The occupants of the other car, two men aged 22 and 20, suffered serious burns and other injuries that judge Klaus Eckhardt said would probably cause them health problems for the rest of their lives.

Before splitting in 2005, the Boehse Onkelz were one of Germany's biggest rock acts despite attracting little coverage in mainstream media after being associated with the far-right scene early in their career in the 1980s.

Russell, who has Irish citizenship, was also banned from driving for four years.

© 2010 AFP

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