WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – DMX finally showed up in court Thursday to face speeding and other traffic charges and was sent to jail by the judge who had issued a warrant for his arrest.
The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was ordered held on $25,000 bail. He was led off to jail in handcuffs and was still behind bars at 2:30 p.m., said court clerk Natasha Lee.
Simmons had been due in court Wednesday but failed to appear. His lawyer, Stacy Richman, said he was ill, but City Judge Barbara Leak, who had granted him two postponements, issued the arrest warrant.
"We have granted him a number of courtesies," she said. "It ends now."
Simmons, whose albums include "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot," was arrested in White Plains on June 2 for speeding, making unsafe lane changes, not wearing a seat belt and driving without a license, police said.
He has had other driving problems, before and since, and he served 70 days in jail last year for violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport utility vehicle through a security gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Earlier this month, police in Scottsdale, Ariz., said they saw him pull a gun from a holster and put it under the front seat of his convertible. He was cited for carrying a concealed handgun.