New York State Police William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav, was ticketed in Nassau County for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license, cops said.

Rapper Flavor Flav was busted Thursday for driving with a suspended license after Long Island cops caught him speeding to his mother’s funeral — with reefer in his ride, officials said.
The former member of the rap group Public Enemy was pulled over at 9:30 a.m. after Nassau County cops clocked him going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Meadowbrook Parkway near Hempstead, police said.The 54-year-old rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, had a small amount of marijuana on him, police said. A check of his record showed 16 license suspensions, police said.
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Flavor Flav is best known as part of the rap group Public Enemy and went on to have his own reality TV show.

He was arrested and charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of marijuana. He was also cited for speeding.Flavor Flav was given a desk appearance ticket and released in time to attend his mother’s funeral, police said.
He was ordered to appear in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on Jan. 28.

AP Rapper Flavor Flav, pictured here with his trademark oversized clock necklace, has had his license suspended 16 times, cops said.

Flavor Flav is originally from Roosevelt, L.I., and now lives in Las Vegas. His mother, Anna Drayton, died on New Year’s Eve.

In an interview with, he credited his mom for getting him into the music business.“One thing she always say was do your do’s,” he recalled. “When you go out, you know your do’s and you know your don’ts. So do your do’s and leave the don’ts alone and you will be alright.”

Via nydailynews


  • Greg4422

    Cop still let him go to his mothers funeral….got to respect that.

  • The first sentence threw me for a loop. SMH!

  • back off and let that man mourn the death of his mother. this shit don’t even need to be reported

  • Ginger

    Ayyyyyeee NY he went to a rehab by me too hes wacked lol

  • Adrienne24

    I am so sorry to hear about his loss. She did seem like a sweet person.