Flavor Flav Arrested In Vegas, Suspected Of Impaired Driving

Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early 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.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.

Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Loy Hixson said the 56-year-old entertainer was pulled over as he entered Interstate 15 southwest of McCarran International Airport around 12:30 a.m. for going 73 mph (117 kph) in a 45 mph (72 kph) zone.

Flavor Flav also had a suspended driver’s license and registration, Hixson said. He was arrested on six charges, all misdemeanors. 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 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 misdemeanors. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

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Prior to his arraignment on traffic charges in Nassau County Court in Mineola, N.Y.

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 misdemeanors in that case and he agreed to probation and counseling.