DMX finally showed up in court today (June 29) in White Plains, N.Y., to face speeding and other traffic charges and was sent to jail by the judge who had issued a warrant for his arrest.
The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was ordered held on $25,000 bail. He was led off to jail in handcuffs and was still behind bars at 2:30 p.m., said court clerk Natasha Lee.
Simmons had been due in court yesterday but failed to appear. His lawyer, Stacy Richman, said he was ill, but City Judge Barbara Leak, who had granted him two postponements, issued the arrest warrant. “We have granted him a number of courtesies,” she said. “It ends now.”
DMX was pulled over in White Plains on June 2 for speeding and making unsafe lane changes in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, police said. Once he was stopped, officers found he was not wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver’s license.
Nine days later, he was ticketed for driving a 2006 Suburban on the shoulder of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison.
On June 16, police in Scottsdale, Ariz., cited him for carrying a concealed handgun outside a nightclub. They said he pulled the gun from a holster and put it under the front seat of his 1964 Chevrolet convertible.
Last month, the rapper was arrested in London after refusing to put on a seat belt and becoming abusive on a flight from New York, authorities said.
Last year, DMX served 70 days in jail for violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his SUV through a security gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
A week after he pleaded guilty in that incident, state police accused him of driving over 100 mph on Interstate 684 in North Castle, in Westchester County.
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