Fans of the rapper Coolio may be disappointed (but not entirely surprised) to learn that he was recently arrested for a crime in Las Vegas. Alas, news of the crime, unlike other activities in Sin City, did not simply stay in Las Vegas.
Coolio’s alleged offense, however, is not as sexy as fans of his music might think. The entertainer was arrested for failing to appear in court for a traffic charge two years ago, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.
The 48-year-old Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by Las Vegas police a few blocks east of the Strip at 2:20 a.m. last Friday.
When police discovered that there was an outstanding warrant in Nevada for Coolio’s arrest, they immediately took him into custody, although sources say he was released later the next day. No one else in the car was arrested.
Sources indicate that Coolio initially found himself in trouble in June 2010 when police pulled him over for making an illegal stop and driving without a license.
Coolio, apparently, failed to appear in court to face these relatively minor charges, and thus a warrant for his arrest was issued. Almost two years later, police finally discovered him again.
The former rapper may have been able to elude police for so long because he keeps a much lower profile than he did a decade ago.
Still, Coolio, who has taken turns as a musician, actor, and record producer, is still highly noticeable thanks to the trademark thin, sparse dreadlocks rising from his otherwise smooth head.
And his current brush with the law shows the consequences of failing to appear before a court for even a minor offense.
If Coolio had simply made his initial appearance for the 2010 charges, he would have saved himself future legal headaches.
His saga serves as a reminder to others who are arrested for a crime: if you are facing serious trouble with the law, take the charges seriously, and do not try to evade arrest or conviction.
If you try to escape the police, or hide from the court, the long arm of the law will inevitably find you. And judges have little patience for citizens who show a lack of respect for the judicial system by failing to show up for court appearances.
For more information about your legal rights and options after a criminal arrest, contact a local criminal defense lawyer today.