Flavor Flav's 2014 is not starting off in a good way. His mom passed away only a week ago, and now he is in big trouble after being pulled over for speeding with no driver's license.
Flavor Flav performing with Chuck D in London
Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was also allegedly found with a "small amount" of marijuana in the car, according to the Los Angeles Times. New York State Police said in a statement that Flav was going 79 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. Once they ran his information, they found that he had 16 suspension on his driver's license.
He was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana, and numerous traffic violations.
Flav was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier in 2013 with his group Public Enemy. They joined the ranks of rappers like Run DMC and Beastie Boys for the honor.
He has appeared on Celebrity Rehab (where he had a fling with fellow '90s icon Brigitte Nielsen), The Surreal Life, Strange Love and Flavor of Love.
Flav has dealt with drug and alcohol problems for years and shared them with the world while he was on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. He is currently listed as a Las Vegas resident.
Flavor Flav appearing at an event in Hollywood
Police said the 54-year-old rapper was released on an appearance ticket so he could attend his mother's funeral, likely the reason he was in New York in the first place. According to Extra, Anna Drayton died on New Year's Day.
Flavor Flav is due back in court on Jan. 28.