Flo Rida Arrested for DUI in Miami Beach

Rapper arrested for DUI, driving with suspended license: Police

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    Miami rapper makes a speedy getaway after being arrested for DUI. (Published Thursday, Jun 9, 2011)

    Rapper Flo Rida was arrested early Thursday for driving under the influence of alcohol in Miami Beach, police said.

    The 31-year-old, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, is also facing a charge of driving with a suspended license, Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Deborah Doty said.

    Rida was pulled over in his 2008 Bugatti in the area of Lenox Avenue and 5th Street around 3:45 a.m. after he was spotted driving erratically, according to police.

    According to an arrest report, officers who pulled the singer over said he had "bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath."

    Police say he failed a field sobriety test and measured a .185 on a breathalyzer exam, over twice the legal limit in Florida.

    A large crowd gathered as the officers tested Rida, urging them to let him go, the report said. Some were even offering to drive him home.

    During the test, police claim Rida admitted to drinking but wanted to be allowed to drive home.

    "Officer I can't do this. I don't feel I can walk a straight line. I had a few drinks," he told the officers, according to the report. Let's try another test. I live on the other side of the bridge, I can make it home."

    Rida was released on $2,000 bond, records showed. His attorneys declined comment.

    "Until we have an opportunity to meet with our client and conduct our own investigation into the facts, we are declining further comment on this matter," read a statement from attorneys Christopher Lyons and Sandy Becher.

    A native of Carol City, Rida's first hit "Low" reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008.