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Flavor Flav arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of impaired driving

2015-05-22 08:42

Las Vegas - Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early on Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.

Nevada Highway Patrol spokesperson Loy Hixson said the 56-year-old entertainer was pulled over around 00:30 for going 117 km/h in a 72 km/h zone as he entered Interstate 15 southwest of McCarran International Airport.

Flavor Flav also had a suspended driver's license and registration, Hixson said. He was arrested on six charges, all misdemeanours. Online jail records indicated that he posted bail.

Flavor Flav's legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

His Las Vegas attorney, Kristina Wildeveld, said she had no comment to offer regarding her client's Las Vegas arrest, but she said he's working to resolve an ongoing case in New York that also involves driving-related charges.

Legal troubles have added up for the rapper and reality star, known for wearing large clocks around his neck.

He's facing a felony charge of driving with a suspended license in New York state after he was stopped for speeding on the way to his mother's funeral in January 2014. Earlier this year, he pleaded not guilty to the charge and other misdemeanours. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Flavor Flav pleaded guilty in March 2014 in a Las Vegas domestic violence case for threatening the son of his longtime girlfriend with a kitchen knife. Charges were reduced to misdemeanours in that case and he agreed to probation and counseling. His case was closed a few months later.

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