Traffic stop leads to arrest of Coolio in unpaid tickets case


Rapper Coolio has been arrested in Las Vegas on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

Police Officer Laura Meltzer says he was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. Friday several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip. No one else in the car was arrested.

Coolio's real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

The 48-year-old was sought on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on an illegal stop and driving without a license summons issued in June 2010.

He was freed later Friday from the Clark County jail. His court date wasn't immediately known.

Coolio is a musician, actor and record producer best known for the song "Gangsta's Paradise" from the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds."