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DMX States Plans to Sue Arizona

Yesterday Up on the Sun reported that DMX was arrested for speeding on Wednesday night.

I noted that, sadly, the event was hardly surprising, given X's history of arrests in Arizona.

Today, things got a little less routine.

In a statement made to The Source earlier today, Domenick Nati, DMX's publicist stated:

"This situation is being blown way out of proportion. DMX was in jail for approximately 1 hour. Also the report given by Sgt. Rudy Lujan of AHP, was exaggerated according to the people present. DMX does admit to driving at 85mph but not nearly at the speed that was suggested in the report. In response to the constant harassment by Arizona law enforcement, DMX says this, "God brought me to Phoenix and I'm not going to let no man run me and my family from our home!" Despite being under a microscope, DMX is doing everything he can to put his past criminal charges behind him and focus on music."

Then, DMX announced to TMZ that he plans to sue Arizona over harassment.

"I was going 85 miles per hour ... I know for a fact I didn't go more than 90," he tells TMZ.

"I plan on suing ... and I plan on suing for harassment."

Of course. That's how Ruff Ryders roll.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.