Rapper Fetty Wap Charged with Drag Racing, DWI
PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) --Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested for drag racing with another vehicle on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn early Friday, police say.
The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was spotted by police driving a black 2012 Mercedes CLS AMG westbound on the highway at a high rate of speed just after 1 a.m.
He was racing a 2008 blue Chevy Impala driven by 29-year-old Zane Richards of Woodland Park, N.J., according to police.
Authorities say the two were driving more than 100 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone, traveling recklessly, at a high rate of speed.
They allegedly made a series of lane changes without signaling and tailgated other cars while racing, and raced through an active construction zone.
When Fetty was pulled over near Hamilton Avenue, police say he handed the officer a suspended New Jersey driver's license.
The officer noticed signs of intoxication and gave the rapper a field sobriety test, where he blew a .09.
He failed another sobriety test at the precinct.
He was charged with 15 counts, including reckless endangerment, illegal speed contest, operating a motor vehicle with .08, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle license violation. unsafe lane change, following too close, illegal signal, driving while alcohol impaired, and four counts of a speed violation.
Richards is facing the same charges.
Fetty Wap will be arraigned in Downtown Brooklyn later Friday.
Last year, he got the principal of his high school alma mater, Eastside High in Paterson, in trouble by shooting a video on campus without board approval.
But the rapper is also popular for the love he shows for New Jersey, like a 2015 free concert for students in Passaic County.