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Fetty Wap Ordered To Pay Fine For Drunk Drag Racing in Brooklyn

The "Trap Queen" rapper faced a litany of charges from a night out in a Mercedes last year.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Fetty Wap has avoided going to court after being charged with drunk drag racing in Brooklyn last year.

The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, pleaded guilty on Thursday to reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated. He has agreed to pay a fine and to attend safe driving programs as part of his deal, according to The New York Daily News. 

In November 2017, the 26-year-old, known for chart-topping hits like "Trap Queen" and "My Way," was behind the wheel on the Gowanus Expressway when he was reportedly drag racing in a Mercedes sports car. He was pulled over and charged with multiple infractions including reckless endangerment, illegal speed contest, drunken driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a car and illegal lane changing. There were 15 charges in total. 

The NYPD dash cam reportedly showed the rapper weaving in and out of traffic in his girlfriend’s 2012 vehicle, according to the New York Daily News. Fetty was followed by his friend, Zaine Richards, who was in the car behind him. They were going at least 105 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to the criminal complaint.

Fetty Wap will attend a two-day driver improvement program and 14 hours of an impaired driving program as part of his plea. He is also slated to attend a victim impact panel and pay $500 in fines. The New Jersey native appeared to be in good spirits after the sentencing and was spotted taking photos with excited fans outside of the courthouse. 

In 2015, Fetty Wap made history by having his first four songs rise to the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. The tracks were "Again," “Trap Queen,” “My Way” and ”679," as Billboard reported. Fetty recently spoke to CR Fashion Book recently about finding happiness in his life.

“I always try to tell people, if you don’t got no love for yourself, you’re not going to get nowhere in life. You’re going to be stuck where you’re at forever, because you’re going to be searching for something that really you got to bring out. You can’t find something that’s not already there.”


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