Flavor Flav pleads no contest to Las Vegas DUI


Rapper Flavor Flav pleaded no contest Monday to a DUI charge in connection with his arrest on a Las Vegas freeway.

He appeared in court wearing a large red clock around his neck, five rings, a wide black and gold watch, a black and gray coat, a blue shirt, dark gray jeans, gray Nike high tops and holding a red New York Yankees cap.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum ordered Flav to pay a $685 fine, undergo a victim-impact panel and complete DUI classes. Prosecutors dropped speeding and open-container charges.

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper reportedly spotted the 56-year-old Las Vegas man driving on Interstate 15 in May 2015. Flav was first seen heading north on the frontage road near Blue Diamond Road at 73 mph in a 45 mph zone, then 87 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to Highway Patrol.

The trooper who performed the stop said Flav was driving under the influence. Defense lawyers Kristina Wildeveld and Dayvid Figler said Flav had a marijuana metabolite in his system.

Flav was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and credit for two days served in the Clark County Detention Center.

Flav, whose real name is William Drayton Jr., is best known as the hype man for the iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy.

He pleaded guilty in April 2014 to misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with his stepson in 2012, when he threatened the then 17-year-old with a knife after an argument with the teen’s mother.

He originally faced felony charges but struck a deal and was ordered to complete counseling classes by August or face jail time.

Flav was slapped with two citations for illegal fireworks last July after Metro confiscated about 100 pounds of illegal fireworks during his Fourth of July party. Neighbors said the rapper has been setting off thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks each year since 2009.


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