Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav arrested in Las Vegas on drug charges

The Public Enemy rapper was arrested on charges including a DUI and marijuana possession

Public Enemy‘s Flavor Flav has been arrested in Las Vegas on several charges, according to reports.

The rapper, who received two citations last July for setting off illegal fireworks at his Las Vegas home, was arrested early Thursday morning (May 21) after Nevada Highway Patrol reportedly clocked him driving at 73mph in a 45mph zone.

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Other charges against the rapper – real name William Drayton – include driving under the influence, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, according to TMZ. He was driving a black 2005 BMW at the time.

Drayton received two citations from police last year after setting off illegal fireworks at his annual Fourth of July party.

Police moved in on the rapper’s home in the gated community of Via Ventura Court on the south side of the Las Vegas Valley after neighbours phoned to complain shortly after the show began, reports The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Over 45 kilograms of unused fireworks were seized from the premises.

Flavor Flav has previously clashed with neighbours, who claim that the 55-year-old has set off thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks since 2009. “It isn’t like I do this every day,” said Flav, who compared his neighbours to Scrooge or The Grinch of Independence Day. “We all had a ball until the police came.” Flav claimed he’d be moving his annual party out of the neighbourhood next year.

Drayton is no stranger to the law. In 2013 he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted battery after being accused of pulling a knife on his girlfriend’s son in October 2012. Prior indiscretions include a nine weeks jail stint served in 2002 for driving on a suspended licence and for unpaid parking tickets.

A member of pioneering hip-hop group Public Enemy, Flav has recently become known for starring in a string of reality TV shows including The Surreal Life, Strange Love and Flavor Of Love.