Police: Fetty Wap caught drag racing, charged with DUI

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Rapper Fetty Wap has been arrested and charged with DUI and other counts after police say he was caught drag racing another vehicle on a New York City highway early Friday morning.

New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Thomas Antonetti tells The Associated Press that Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was spotted speeding on the Gowanus Expressway just after 1 a.m. and was clearly racing another vehicle. Maxwell says he was out celebrating his brother's birthday.

Sources tell News 12 the rapper was speeding upward of 100 mph, around twice the speed limit on the expressway.

Antonetti says Maxwell was pulled over and given a breathalyzer test that registered a blood-alcohol level of .09, just over the legal limit of .08.

In addition to DUI, Maxwell is also charged with a host of traffic offenses. Maxwell allegedly had an expired license at the time of the incident.

After his arrest, the musician was taken to the Red Hook Community Justice Center before he was transferred to a criminal court to be arraigned.

Maxwell was arraigned at Brooklyn Criminal Court Friday evening. He was released without bail and faces multiple charges including reckless endangerment, speeding and DWI.

The rapper says he did nothing wrong and was just driving fast.

"For the record I am not a drunk driver," Maxwell said. "I don't drive drunk."

Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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