News: Pitbull Avoids Jail Time For DUI Charge

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 10:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Miami-based rapper Armando "Pitbull" Perez has beaten his 2007 DUI charge and avoided jail time this week.

A jury found the rapper not guilty yesterday (July 9) afternoon.

Jurors in Miami-Dade have found rapper Pitbull not guilty of driving under the influence in a case that stemmed from a 2007 arrest. The Latin artist was acquitted late Thursday after jurors deliberated for about three hours. (Sun-Sentinel)

His lawyers reportedly claimed the inaccuracy behind arresting officer's tactics led to false charges.

The 28 year-old was charged in December 2007 with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. Police administered field sobriety tests, which they say he failed.His lawyers argued in court that the tests were inconclusive because they were given on a ramp, not a smooth surface. (Miami Herald)

The rapper later commented from outside the courtroom on the not guilty ruling.

Outside the courtroom Perez told reporters he's learned his lesson after this trial. "I know if I go out and have a social dinner, I'm taking a driver with me, hehehe," Pitbull said. (CBS4)

A past police report emerged after his initial arrest with details regarding the incident.

According to the police report obtained by TMZ, Perez was stopped after flying past a marked cop car in his silver Mercedes, doing 93 mph in a 55 zone. At first, the rapper wouldn't get out of the car, and when he did, the officer writes that he "could detect a strong breath odor of alcohol over the gum he was chewing," that Pitbull's speech was rapid and slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. (TMZ)

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