DMX mug shot

Spartanburg County

The Grand Champ is back in the clink for the umpteenth time.

DMX was arrested late Thursday night and charged with driving under the influence near Greenville, SC, E! News confirms.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol said a trooper received a call about a possible DUI driver and subsequently observed the hip-hop star, real name Earl Simmons, driving erratically in his Plymouth station wagon and pulled him over.

Suspecting he was inebriated, the officer administered a Breathalyzer which DMX promptly flubbed.

Simmons was then taken into custody and booked into Greenville County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and not wearing a seatbelt.

A publicist for the rapper-actor contradicted the police's assertion that DMX was driving drunk in a written statement to E! News.


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"Allegations about DMX being arrested for drunk driving are false. He was arrested early this morning but quickly released. X was given a breathalyzer test and easily passed it," said his rep Domenick Nati. "He is back at his home in South Carolina and we are continuing our focus on his upcoming album and acting roles."

The 42-year-old Year of the Dog MC has ended up on the wrong side of the law over the years on multiple occasions, the most recent being in South Carolina for driving without a license in Spartanburg. In that case, after a brief five-hour stint in handcuffs, he was released after paying a fine.

In 2011, DMX served seven months in a Yuma, AZ prison after violating his probation in a case three years earlier in which he pleaded guilty to identity theft, animal cruelty and drug charges resulting from a bust in May, 2008.

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