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Drunk driving, hit-and-run charges against celebrity rapper

Many people in Iowa may enjoy the music and rap stylings of popular artist Mac Miller, who is now dealing with the legal system after an arrest on drunk driving charges on May 17. Miller, a 26-year-old performer, was arrested in the early morning hours from his California home. Earlier in the night, he allegedly hit an electrical utility pole in the San Fernando Valley. While he reportedly drove away from the scene, the license plates on his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon were traced to his home address.

Police came to his home where they arrested the performer and accused him of drunk driving and hit and run after leaving the scene of the one-car crash. He paid a $15,000 bail in order to be released a few hours later and was ordered to appear in court on June 7. Reportedly, Miller told police that he had driven away from the scene after crashing into the power pole while drunk; his blood-alcohol concentration was allegedly .15. This is well above the California legal driving limit of .08.

Miller was highlighted in celebrity news shortly before the incident after he and his girlfriend announced their breakup. The rapper has previously spoken about his struggles with sobriety and addiction.

Drivers accused of drunk driving can face severe consequences. A DUI conviction for an Iowa driver might mean a loss or suspension of their driver's license, expensive fines, jail time or other repercussions. It may become far more difficult to obtain car insurance or work a job that involves driving. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help people facing drunk driving charges present a defense, challenge evidence and work to avoid a conviction.

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