April 6, 2006

Former teen idol Leif Garrett jailed for drug use

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former teen idol Leif Garrett,
arrested earlier this year for possession of heroin, has been
sent back to jail for 45 days after failing drug tests,
prosecutors said on Thursday.

Garrett, who had hits with "I Was Made for Dancing" and a
remake of "Surfin' USA" in the 1970s, was jailed again last
week after a judge was notified of the positive drug tests, Los
Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Robison said she did not know which substances Garrett, 44,
tested positive for using. He was ordered back to court on May
11 for a progress report.

Garrett, whose good looks and floppy hair made teenage
girls swoon in the 1970s, was arrested in January at a Los
Angeles subway station for fare dodging and was found to be
carrying heroin, Robison said.

He was allowed to enter a court-supervised drug treatment
program to avoid prison and vowed to stay clean, saying that he
was embarrassed by his bedraggled appearance in a widely
published booking photo.