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Drag racing leads to DUI, other charges for rap star

Fans of rap sensation Fetty Wap may be interested in knowing that the famous musician blew a .09 percent BAC reading during a traffic stop on Nov. 3. In Tennessee and other states across the nation, the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08 percent.

According to news sources, Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, is now facing a host of drunk driving and traffic charges following an alleged drag-racing incident in New York City. Mr. Maxwell was pulled over by a New York Police Department officer on the Gowanus Expressway shortly after 1 a.m. Reports indicate that the rapper was taken into custody after roadside sobriety tests were administered. Arraignment on the charges was scheduled to be held in Brooklyn later that same day.

Sources say that a New York Police Department spokesman discussed the incident with members of The Associated Press. Mr. Maxwell's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

In Tennessee, even a first-time DUI offender may be subject to severe consequences upon conviction, including loss of driving privileges, required alcohol counseling, heavy fines and jail time. Some convicted drunk drivers may also be required to attend Alcohol Anonymous meetings, perform community service and have an ignition interlock device installed on their cars.  

Drivers who want to mitigate the potentially life-changing consequences of a drunk driving conviction could turn to a criminal defense attorney for help. After evaluating a client's case, the attorney may uncover deficiencies in the prosecution's evidence that could lead to a dismissal of the charges. In some cases, the attorney could achieve a reduction of the charges and penalties through negotiation outside of the courtroom on the client's behalf.

Source: US News, "NYPD: Fetty Wap caught drag racing, charged with DUI," Nov. 3, 2017

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