*Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped unlicensed driving charges against Ice T, causing the rapper-turned-actor to shout out in court: “That’s what I’m talking about — dismissed!”
“Like I said from the gate, I never broke the law,” he said while leaving the Manhattan courtroom with his wife, Coco.
Ice-T, 52, was arrested after a traffic stop of his 2009 Cadillac on Manhattan’s West Side on July 20; he and his wife were on the road after taking their bulldog, Spartacus, to a vet for knee surgery. Police said they pulled the entertainer over for not wearing a seatbelt — which he contests — and a routine check showed his license was suspended.
He said he had a valid New Jersey driver’s license and took to Twitter to call the officer who arrested him a “punk,” and a few considerably less polite things, for “arresting the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt.”
Prosecutors said Tuesday that New York Department of Motor Vehicles records wrongly reflected that his license was suspended because of a lack of insurance, when his car is in fact insured and registered in New Jersey.
Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow, registered and insured his three cars in New Jersey after moving there from New York in 2008 and turned in his New York license plates, said his lawyer, Eric Franz. He said the actor’s business managers sent that information to the New York DMV shortly after his move.
But it was “not reflected in the Department of Motor Vehicles’ computerized records,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jessica Barron told a judge.
Ice-T said he had no clue his license had been marked as suspended.
“That’s why I was so angry,” he said. “It basically turned out to be a clerical error.”
He took to Twitter again to let fans know the case was dismissed and thumb his nose at “all the haters that wished against me.”