The DMX man finally cometh to court on Thursday--and was quickly senteth to jail.

A city court judge in White Plains, New York, ordered the Ruff Ryder back behind bars a day after he failed to show up for a hearing stemming from his arrest earlier this month for a slew of traffic violations.

"As of right now, he's in lockup," a court clerk tells E! Online. Bail has been set at $25,000.

On Wednesday, a ticked-off Judge Barbara Leak issued an arrest warrant for DMX, known on the court docket as Earl Simmons, after his tardiness forced her to put off the proceedings for a second time.

The Grand Champ lawyer, Stacey Murray, told the court that Simmons had flown from Arizona to New York and was a no-show because he had fallen ill.

But the judge wasn't biting.

"We have granted him a number of courtesies. It ends now," she said.

The Yonkers-born hip-hop hero was ticketed June 2 after police in the Bronx pulled over his 2001 Chevy Suburban for making unsafe lane changes and driving at "unreasonable speeds."

Simmons, 35, was also cited for driving without a license and not wearing a seatbelt.

DMX has a tortured history of driving-related problems--and managing to show up for court dates.

Last September, he was MIA for a hearing in the Bronx resulting an April 2005 bust for allegedly triggering a chain-reaction crash and, yes, driving with a suspended license.

That time, his lawyer claimed the rapper-actor had rushed back from a tour in Europe but couldn't make it because "he had fallen ill."

Then last November, Simmons arrived three hours late to a sentencing hearing on a probation violation and blamed it on an asthma attack. The judge in that case tacked on an extra 10 days at Riker's Island to the 60 day jail term he was originally sentenced to stemming from a bizarre 2004 joyride at JFK Airport in which he smashed his SUV through a security gate and claimed he was an undercover federal agent. (DMX served one month of the sentence before getting out early on good behavior.)

And the hits keep coming for the hip-hopster.

In May, DMX was detained at London's Heathrow Airport after allegedly making verbal threats against the cabin crew on a Britain-bound flight. The bust-up began when the Cradle 2 the Grave star refused to buckle his seatbelt. He wound up getting off with a warning, but was banned from the airline.

Finally, just last week, DMX was rung up on a weapons charge in Arizona. He was not taken into custody, but issued a misdemeanor citation for failing to hold a permit for a concealed gun in his car. He will likely will have to pay a small fine, but won't get any jail time.

The next hearing in the New York driving case is scheduled for July 24. That comes between the premiere of his new BET reality show, DMX: Soul of a Man, on July 12 and the Aug. 1 release of his latest CD, Year of the Dog, Again. It's the first release in a new three-album deal he signed with Sony Urban after leaving his former label, Def Jam.

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