An arrest warrant
has been issued for DMX after the rapper missed a scheduled court date on Wednesday
(June 21) to answer charges of speeding and driving erratically on June 2 in
White Plains, New York.
DMX, born Earl
Simmons, was originally due in court on June 16, but was granted a one-week
extension by a previous judge, due to a prior engagement.
"We have granted
him a number of courtesies," Judge Barbara Leak told the Associated Press.
"It ends now."
DMX’s lawyer Stacey
Murray said the rapper would appear in court on Thursday. She explained the
DMX had flown to New York from Arizona to make the court date, but had become
ill in the process.
the rapper with speeding and seat belt and unsafe lane change violations for
the June 2 incident. According to police, DMX’s New York driver’s license was
also suspended when he was stopped.
DMX is also due
to appear in court in Harrison, New York on July 21 to answer charges of driving
on the shoulder of the road, after his 2006 Chevy Suburban was struck by another
vehicle as he attempted to re-enter traffic on the Hutchinson River Parkway,
9 days after the White Plains episode.
On June 16, DMX
was also cited for carrying a concealed handgun outside of a Scottsdale, Arizona
nightclub. In that infraction, police saw the rapper place a handgun underneath
his 1964 Chevy convertible.
Simmons was not
arrested, charged with a misdemeanor for not having a permit to conceal the
weapon in the vehicle.