Rapper DMX was arrested in South Carolina earlier this morning fro driving without a license.
TMZ reports that 42-year-old Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name “Dark Man X” or “DMX,” was handcuffed and taken to Spartanburg Detention Center around 2am after a law enforcement officer saw him driving a 1978 Buick and pulled him over for apparently driving without a license.
Speaking to the local Fox affiliate, DMX said: “No, I didn’t have a license … put the cuffs on me. Brought me here. I paid the money. Basically, just 5 hours wasted for nothing.”
He appeared before a judge at 6am and was released after paying a fine. Speaking to CBS, DMX said: “When I could have just paid the money right there on the spot,” regarding his frustration over being taken to jail. “Basically it was just five hours wasted for nothing. I don’t have a court date or a court appearance.”
DMX also had his 5-month-old daughter in the back seat when he was arrested.
Deputies said that DMX has been issued tickets before, both in Greer and Duncan, for driving without a license. A state DMV search shows that he only has a state identification card.
After he was arrested, deputies turned the car over to a licensed passenger riding in the car.
DMX relocated to South Carolina back in 2011. Since that time, he has been spotted by fans at several area locales.