Rock wildman Slash has hit out at reports his Velvet Revolver bandmate Scott Weiland was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he was arrested earlier this week (27OCT03).

The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was picked up by police after he smashed his car into a parked vehicle and then fled the scene.

But Slash - a onetime member of GUNS N' ROSES - was quick to defend his pal, telling internet site BRAVE WORDS.COM that Weiland was not inebriated or high during the incident.

The site reports, "Slash called today to correct the record. He said to tell everyone that Scott did have the accident and did attempt to leave, but he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"What he was doing out and about so early is anyone's guess... maybe heading to the studio? Maybe picking up his birthday cake... it was his 36th birthday Monday! We're willing to take Slash's word on this."

However, Weiland has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs by Los Angeles police.

30/10/2003 21:14