Oh Boy: Cops Nab Flavor Flav on Long Island for Driving with 16 Suspensions

Rapper William Drayton was arrested on a felony charge on the way to his mother's funeral on Thursday morning.

William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav, was arrested, but soon released so he could attend his mother's funeral. Credit: NYS Police
William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav, was arrested, but soon released so he could attend his mother's funeral. Credit: NYS Police

Flavor Flav was busted Thursday morning on his native Long Island, but even the "911 Is a Joke" rapper must have been thankful troopers let him go to his mother's funeral.

William Drayton, Public Enemy's hype man, was stopped when New York State Police said they saw him speeding in a Hyundai on the southbound side of the Meadowbrook State Parkway, near the Southern State Parkway, in Hempstead at about 9:30 a.m. They reported clocking him going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Then, they discovered the 54-year-old's license had been suspended 16 times. He also had a small amount of marijuana on him.

He was arrested and charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and traffic violations.

"Drayton was released on an appearance ticket in order to allow him to attend his mother's funeral," the Valley Stream troopers said in a statement.

On New Year's Eve, he Tweeted that his mother, Anna Drayton, had passed away.

Currently a Las Vegas resident, Drayton is originally from Freeport.

He will have to answer the charges in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead.

Drayton has a long criminal history, including arrests on attempted murder, domestic violence, cocaine and marijuana charges, dating back to 1991.

Over the past decade, he has been best known for stints in a reality television, including "The Surreal Life," "Strange Love," "Flavor of Love," and, most recently, "Couples Therapy." 

Tony Chliek January 09, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Some cop friends of mine told me that if I keep it under 70 and never pass a cop unless he is going slow, then I shouldn't have a problem. So now I set the cruise control at 68 in a 55 and have never had a problem.
KR76 January 09, 2014 at 04:47 PM
You needed a cop friend to tell you that? Just use common sense.
That RVC guy January 09, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Egads...I think this is the guy thats terrorizing Cedar ave!!!!!
Betsy Ross January 09, 2014 at 06:24 PM
man, that is one ugly woman...
Shirley Dicktor January 09, 2014 at 08:16 PM
He was going to start turning his life around the next day...
Allen Burnett January 09, 2014 at 10:05 PM
In a country where people have been arrested for speeding while driving women in labor to the hospital, it's nice to hear they let him go to the funeral.
That RVC guy January 09, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Allen, thank God you brought up the epidemic of in-labor women having their drivers arrested. These cops have to be stopped from their anti-chaufferism. I bet the Hearse driver was an undercover pig. -
budd hensen January 09, 2014 at 10:42 PM
just another black man getting special treatment
Betsy Ross January 09, 2014 at 11:45 PM
That RVC guy is hilarious!! I love it!!!
Dan Crabtree January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Well he is a minority...so yes he is entilted to shall we say special treatment on orders form the DOJ...
Bob B January 11, 2014 at 12:44 AM
Where do these clowns come up with these ridiculous 'stage names'?
Racer Boy January 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Racial profiling was undoubtedly responsible for so many arrests.
Betsy Ross January 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Last I heard he had a trail date scheduled in Las Vegas for felony domestic battery. Does anyone know what happened to that case?
Bob B January 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Tony - I bet you're one of those 'law-abiding' citizens of our 'exceptional' country. NOT!
Dingdong January 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Blacks love Hyundai and Kia!
Dingdong January 11, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Smell a lawsuit coming miles away!
Betsy Ross January 11, 2014 at 04:02 PM
He's black? Are you sure?
Albert Gazalooch January 11, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Perfect role model for most black kids of today.


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