News: Pitbull Headed To Court Over DUI Arrest
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009 3:20PM
Miami-based rapper Armando "Pitbull" Perez is expected to begin his DUI trial today (July 8) in a Florida courtroom over a 2007 arrest.
The trial begins Wednesday afternoon and marks the rapper's second arrest on a DUI charge.
Opening arguments are expected to start today for rapper Pitbull's DUI trial. Pitbull was arrested in December 2007, and charged with driving under the influence. Police arrested Perez after they say he was pulled over for driving 93 mph on the Palmetto Expressway. It was the second time Perez has been arrested on drunk-driving charges. His first DUI was March 2001. He pleaded no contest to the charges and paid a fine. (Sun-Sentinel)
A past legal representative for Pitbull said he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"Mr. Perez will be pleading not guilty to [the charge]," Angela N. Martinez said in a statement December 2007. "This is all the unfortunate result of a misunderstanding. Mr. Perez and his legal team are confident that [the charge] will not be upheld. Given the sensitivity of this matter, we would like to ask everyone to respect his and his family's privacy. Mr. Perez asked me to remind everyone to drink responsibly during this holiday season." (MTV)
However, a police report emerged after his 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)
Aside from legal issues, the rapper was recently chosen to replace Paris Hilton at an upcoming Stampede week event in Canada.
Calgary's Cowboys nightclub has confirmed rapper Pitbull, who currently has a top song on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, will perform July 12 to wrap up Stampede week. The hotel heiress was previously booked for the event, but canceled due to scheduling conflicts with her latest TV series, "Dubai BFF," in which she searches for a 'new best friend' in the Persian Gulf city. (Calgary Herald)
No further details on today's trial has emerged as of now.