Drag-racing rap star faces DWI, 14 additional charges

Rap enthusiasts in Illinois who are following Fetty Wap's rising stardom may be interested in knowing that the artist was taken into custody in New York on Nov. 3. News sources report that the rapper was allegedly drag racing with another motorist when his 2015 Mercedes-Benz was stopped by New York City police. The American rapper is now facing 15 criminal charges, including DWI, following too closely, driving without a valid driver's license and illegal signaling.

When he was pulled over, Fetty reportedly showed officers an expired driver's license. Preliminary reports also indicate that the rap star failed at least one roadside sobriety test administered at the scene. Authorities say that Fetty's blood alcohol level was .09 percent, which exceeds the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in New York.

The traffic stop took place during the early morning hours on the Gowanus Expressway. According to media sources, the 26-year-old musician was allegedly traveling 100 mph in a 50 mph zone when he was detained. Earlier, Fetty had teased his followers on Instagram with a photo showing him surrounded by friends at a gas station. He did not disclose the location.

Like all drivers, Fetty is subject to justice under the laws of the state in which the charges have been filed. In Illinois, residents and visitors alike who find themselves facing a DUI charge can seek legal counsel. Depending on the facts of the case, a criminal defense attorney could try to get a case thrown out or have the penalties reduced.

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