Flavor Flav jailed in Las Vegas on felony charges

KEN RITTER
October 17, 2012
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Hip hop legend Flavor Flav has been arrested. The rapper was pulled over for a routine traffic violation at 10.57pm on Friday night by cops in Las Vegas. As cops were questioning Flav and running his name through the system, they discovered he had four warrants out for his arrest. Flav, real name William Jonathan Drayton Jnr, was wanted due to several previous brushes with the law. According to law enforcement, Flav never settled up with the court in four separate automobile-related matters. These included driving without proof of insurance, a parking violation and two cases of driving without a license. Flav was taken to a nearby jail, where he was booked, posed for a brand new mug shot and was eventually released. Pictured: Flavor Flav Ref: SPL273706 020511 Picture by: Las Vegas PD / Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles: 310-821-2666 New York: 212-619-2666 London: 870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com Splash News and Picture Agency does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Any downloading fees charged by Splash are for Splash's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material , the user expressly agrees to indemnify and to hold Splash harmless from any claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav was jailed Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges after arguing with his fiancee and threatening to attack her teenage son with a knife, police said.

The 53-year-old former rapper, hip-hop and reality television star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said.

Patrol officers did not report that anyone was injured.

Drayton faces a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge carrying a possible penalty of up to six years in prison and a misdemeanor battery-domestic violence charge that could get him six months in county jail, according to jail records.

He was being held on $23,000 bail at Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Drayton, whose public persona includes wearing a big clock on his chest, was an original member of the politically and socially militant rap group Public Enemy in the 1980s and '90s.

In recent years he has starred in several reality TV series and lent his name and recipes to short-lived chicken and soul food restaurants in Clinton, Iowa, and Las Vegas.

He has a criminal history that includes arrests and convictions on traffic infractions, a month in jail for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 1991, and three months in prison for shooting at a neighbor in 1993.