News: DMX Arrested In South Carolina, Rapper's Rep Clears The Air

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 4:53PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Ruff Ryders leader DMX reportedly found himself in handcuffs late last night (July 25) as reports claim he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in South Carolina.

Details of the rapper's latest run-in with law enforcement have surfaced online.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol said a trooper received a call about a possible DUI driver and subsequently observed the hip-hop star, real name Earl Simmons, driving erratically in his Plymouth station wagon and pulled him over. Suspecting he was inebriated, the officer administered a Breathalyzer which DMX promptly flubbed. (E! Online)

The rap veteran also allegedly drove without a license.

The rapper was seen driving "erratically" Thursday night at about 11:30 p.m. when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Bob Beres of the South Carolina Highway Patrol's media relations department. After failing a field sobriety test, he was transported to the Greenville Detention Center and charged with driving under the influence, not having a driver's license and not wearing a seat belt, Beres says. (USA Today)

X's longtime publicist Domenick Nati has since released a statement denying some of the claims.

"Allegations about DMX being arrested for drunk driving are false. He was arrested early this morning but quickly released. X was given a breathalyzer test and easily passed it. He is back at his home in South Carolina and we are continuing our focus on his upcoming album and acting roles." (Statement)

The former Def Jam artist has run into various legal problems over the past few years.

The 42-year-old Year of the Dog MC has ended up on the wrong side of the law over the years on multiple occasions, the most recent being in South Carolina for driving without a license in Spartanburg. In that case, after a brief five-hour stint in handcuffs, he was released after paying a fine. In 2011, DMX served seven months in a Yuma, AZ prison after violating his probation in a case three years earlier in which he pleaded guilty to identity theft, animal cruelty and drug charges resulting from a bust in May, 2008. (E! Online)

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