DMX Arrested for Racing ’66 Nova on Arizona Highway


Rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, spent a day in jail after Arizona authorities reviewing months-old traffic camera footage spotted the Yonkers native racing down a Phoenix-area freeway at over 100 miles per hour in his 1966 Chevrolet Nova II. The speed limit in the area is 65 mph.

Mr. Simmons was taken into custody for the January 21 incident on Tuesday (May 6) at his home in Cave Creek, Arizona; he was charges with racing on a highway, reckless driving, two counts of endangerment, three counts of speeding and driving on a suspended license and was released on bond Wednesday.

Although the incident took place in January, State Department of Public Safety director, Roger Vanderpool, in a prepared statement said, “Mr. Simmons wasn’t signaled out because of his notoriety.”

This is not the first time Simmons has been in trouble with Arizona authorities. Last August, Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies removed distressed pit bull dogs and weapons in a raid of Simmons’ home. That case remains under investigation.

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