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Flavor Flav Arrested in New York; Released to Attend Mom’s Funeral


Image courtesy of the New York State Police Department

Flavor Flav was arrested on Long Island Thursday morning, after he was allegedly caught speeding and driving with a suspended license.

According to the New York State Police, the 54-year-old rapper — born William Jonathan Drayton Jr. — was pulled over by troopers for driving 79 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Hempstead at around 9:30 a.m.

During a routine check, authorities discovered Flav was driving with 16 suspensions on his license and a “small amount” of marijuana inside his vehicle, according to police.

The rapper was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and traffic violations, but was soon released on an appearance ticket so he could attend a funeral for his mother, Anna Drayton, who passed away last month. “I’m gonna miss her,” he wrote on Twitter. “She lived a good life.”

Flav is scheduled to appear at Nassau County court in Hempstead on January 28.

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