Charges Against Ice-T Dismissed in Criminal Court Due to DMV Clerical Error
By Shayna Jacobs
MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — Ice-T beat a rap Tuesday morning thanks to a clerical error by the Department of Motor Vehicles which suspended his driving privileges in New York unbeknownst to him, the star said.
A judge dropped driving with a suspended license charges against the rapper and Law and Order actor after discovering that he'd never been told about the suspension.
"Like I said from the gate, I never broke the law. I had no knowledge of any suspension and that was why I was so angry," a grinning Ice-T said outside the courtroom after the judge dismissed two charges, a misdemeanor and infraction.
The rapper's 2009 Cadillac was pulled over on Eleventh Avenue near the Lincoln Tunnel at around 9 a.m. on July 20.
Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, 52, reportedly cursed at the officers asking "why the f**k" they were targeting him.
He was arrested and charged with his blonde model-actress wife, Coco, in the passengers seat.
The actor said that after moving to New Jersey and re-registering cars, neither he nor his wife were aware of his defunct driving status in New York State since 2008.
"It basically turned out to be a clerical error," he told reporters.
The veteran rapper, who plays a New York City detective on "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit" joked he'd be headed to Disney World after the morning's courtroom victory.
"Ice did absolutely nothing wrong," said Eric Franz, Marrow's attorney.
According Franz, the DMV issue had been cleared up prior to Ice-T's court date Tuesday. They "reversed and rescinded the suspension," admitting they were wrong to suspend his driving rights, the lawyer said.