Busta Rhymes' ongoing driving issues continued early Thursday morning (May 3) when police in New York pulled him over just after midnight and arrested him for driving while impaired. He was released on $7,500 bail Thursday afternoon and is to be arraigned in court next week, according to TMZ.com.
The rapper, whose real name is Trevor Smith, added to his string of driving-related arrests and issues with the New York Police Department when cops flagged him down at 12:48 a.m. Thursday after officers observed his 2006 GMC Yukon Denali driving down the street with what they said were excessively tinted windows.
According to NYPD spokesperson Detective John Sweeney, when officers approached Rhymes' car, he was found to have a "strong odor of alcohol on his breath" and when they asked him to present his paperwork, "he dropped his wallet to the ground" while showing it to the officers.
Police administered a field sobriety test and Sweeney said Rhymes blew a .147, which is above the .08 legal limit in New York. The officers arrested Rhymes for the misdemeanor crime of driving while impaired. At press time, Rhymes was still in central booking awaiting an appearance in front of a judge later in the day Thursday.
Rhymes has had a string of run-ins with the NYPD over the past year, including arrests for driving with a suspended license, talking on his cell phone while driving as well as a weapons charges and an assault charge (see "Lawyer Claims Busta Rhymes Arrest Is 'Payback' ").
Rhymes' lawyer had no comment on Thursday's arrest.
[This story was originally published on 5.03.2007 at 9:00 a.m.]