Oakland, California pioneering emcee Too Short has been arrested, according to TMZ.com. Short was reportedly stopped for a traffic violation by police in his vehicle early this morning (March 20) in Los Angeles, California. Appearing under the influence, the rapper was allegedly given a breathalyzer test and is reported at .09—which is over the legal limit.
TMZ’s report also alleges that Short tried to escape police once he was out of the vehicle. Unnamed law enforcement sources claim, “Too Short took off … and tripped as he ran down the street.” The report also claims that Too Short tried to dispose of drugs after being detained in the police vehicle.
At present, Too Short is believed to be in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department.
In 2010, the longtime Jive Records artist was arrested in Boise, Idaho after he was charged with battery involving three club bouncers. Short later spoke out publicly, claiming reports were “exaggerated and false.”
The full report is available at TMZ.com.
UPDATE: Yesterday (March 20) Too Short was released by the Los Angeles Police Department, hours after his arrest. TMZ captured video footage of Too Short leaving from the incident. The rapper clarified the charges, but affirmed earlier reports that he may have been intoxicated. “Possession of a controlled substance; I thought it was a D.U.I.,” proclaimed Short, when asked about the charged. Further pressed about if he tried to dispose of evidence once in the police cruiser, all Short said was, “I was tryin’ to avoid a D.U.I.”
The rapper added that he’ll return to court in April. No specific date was given.
UPDATE #2: TMZ.com has released a second video, taken yesterday (March 20) during Too Short’s arrest. The video clearly depicts the famed rapper evading police before being apprehended.