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DMX arrested after crash involving police

Rapper allegedly struck woman's car on Bronx expressway
/ Source: The Associated Press

DMX was arrested following an accident on a Bronx expressway that injured three people, including two police officers, police said Monday.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was driving southbound Friday evening on the Major Deegan Expressway when his car struck a vehicle being driven by an unidentified woman, police said. Her car then hit an unmarked police cruiser carrying two officers.

The woman was taken to Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries, while the officers were taken to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, also with minor injuries. All three were treated and released.

Simmons wasn't injured.

Police said the 34-year-old rapper was given a desk appearance ticket and was expected to appear in court sometime next month. Simmons' lawyer, Murray Richman, wasn't available for comment, a woman who answered the phone at his office said Monday morning.

Last June, Simmons was arrested for allegedly smashing his sport utility vehicle into a gate at Kennedy Airport after telling a parking lot attendant he was a federal agent. He later admitted to being on Valium at the time.

Simmons pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning further violations within a year could land him in jail. He also was fined and ordered to forfeit his sport utility vehicle.

Besides his top-selling rap records, DMX has acted in films including "Never Die Alone," "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle 2 the Grave."