One-Eyed Rapper Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunken Racing at Over 100 mph

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
November 3, 2017USshare
One-Eyed Rapper Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunken Racing at Over 100 mph
Fetty Wap attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2015 at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Police arrested rapper Fetty Wap on Friday morning for drunken drag racing in Brooklyn at speeds over 100 mph.

The rapper was swerving in and out of traffic as he raced another car on the Gowanus Expressway near Hamilton Parkway at 1:20 a.m. on Friday, New York Daily News reported.

When officers pulled the rapper over, he handed them an expired New Jersey license. Officers from the 72nd precinct suspected that the rapper was drunk and conducted an alcohol test.

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Rapper Fetty Wap performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, AND TRUTV from The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)

The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, had a 0.09 blood alcohol level, which is higher than the 0.08 legal limit for driving in New York. The rapper failed another alcohol test at the precinct, police say.

Maxwell, 26, was driving a black 2012 Mercedes CLS AMG the Daily News and other media report, although Fox 5 reported that the vehicle was a 2015 Mercedes.

The rapper was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He rose to prominence after his debut single “Trap Queen” reached the number two spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2015. He also received the best new artist award at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016.

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Musician Fetty Wap attends Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Authorities charged Maxwell with 15 counts, including reckless endangerment, illegal speed contest, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unsafe lane change, following too close, illegal signal, and four counts of a speed violation, ABC 7 reported. He will be arraigned in Brooklyn on Friday.

Maxwell has been blind on one eye since he was a child due to congenital glaucoma.

Maxwell is well known in his hometown of Paterson for flashy antics. Last year, he handed out cash to school children in Hackensack, New Jersey reported. In 2016, the rapper showed up to court with $165,000 in cash to pay a $360 fine.

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Rapper Fetty Wap performs onstage during the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

But the rapper’s dark side has grabbed headlines in Paterson as well. He was involved in a feud that led to a shooting in which three people were wounded.

Maxwell also filmed a music video at a local high school that featured a stripper and references to illegal drugs. The school’s principal was placed on leave following the news.

It is unclear if the rapper has a lawyer to make a comment on the arrest.

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