Rapper Sean Combs Arrested In Miami Beach On Misdemeanor Charge

By | April 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Rapper Sean Combs was arrested Saturday and charged with driving with a suspended license after police pulled him over while he was riding a scooter along Ocean Drive, a South Beach strip.

Police pulled Combs over about 6 p.m. for making an illegal lane change, said Miami Beach Police Sgt. Peter Bitume.

A driver’s license check showed Combs’ license was suspended, so he was arrested and released 20 minutes later after he signed a promise to appear in court, Bitume said.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and possibly jail time, Bitume said.

Combs was acquitted last month of bribery and weapons charges stemming from a shooting at a New York nightclub in which three people were injured. A member of his entourage was convicted of first-degree assault and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Combs has since announced that he’s changing his stage name from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy when he releases his next album.

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