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Rapper Too Short busted in Hollywood

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 12:44 PM EDT, Wed March 20, 2013
Too Short performs during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show in January 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Too Short performs during the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show in January 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Too Short's real name is Todd Anthony Shaw
  • Shaw ran after blowing in the intoxication meter, police say
  • "He didn't get very far at all," an LAPD officer says; he faces felony drug and DUI charges

Los Angeles (CNN) -- West Coast rap pioneer Too Short appeared to be too slow Wednesday morning when, police say, he tried to run from an officer in Hollywood.

Todd Anthony Shaw -- that's the 46-year-old rapper's real name -- was charged with a felony count of drug possession after police found suspected meth on him, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. He also faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Los Angeles Police stopped Shaw on Hollywood Boulevard at 3 a.m. -- an hour when the numerous clubs in the neighborhood are closing -- as part of a random drunken driving check.

He tried to run away after blowing into the intoxication meter, Officer Cleon Joseph told CNN. "He didn't get very far at all."

Police booked Shaw in a Los Angeles County jail, where he was being held Wednesday morning in lieu of $10,000 bond, according to the sheriff's website.

CNN efforts to get comment from a representative for Shaw were not immediately successful

The Oakland, California-based rapper has collaborated with Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and other major artists in the past three decades. Major songs on his resume include "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle."

CNN's Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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