You know what's worse than a celebrity getting arrested for DUI? A celebrity getting arrested for DUI who's technically a celebrity even though people don't know who he is – so say hi to Taboo, he's been arrested for driving around whacked on pot.
Taboo? Taboo? Who's he? Well obviously Taboo is a member of the Black Eyed Peas, although not any of the ones you'll have heard of. Anyway, long story short, at 8:30 on Tuesday morning, Taboo was driving around a town with a silly name when he was involved in a minor car crash. Police then found a small amount of marijuana and some medication that Taboo didn't have a prescription for and swiftly busted Taboo for suspected DUI. After this harrowing ordeal, Taboo has vowed to detail his rough treatment at the hands of the Los Angeles police department in a new Black Eyed Peas song, tentatively entitled Let's Have A Happy Happy Party Disco Time Baby (Ooh Yeah Yeah).
When you think of the Black Eyed Peas, chances are you either think of Fergie, the breast-obsessed singer who neatly divides her time between ordering gay people to stop taking drugs and urinating in front of thousands of screaming men; or will.i.am, the man bewilderingly tasked with making the Michael Jackson comeback even vaguely successful and who didn't sign Tila Tequila even though he did. But Fergie and will.i.am aren't the only members of the multi award-winning Black Eyed Peas – there's also some other bloke. And then there's Taboo.
Taboo, to the best of our knowledge, plays a vital role within the Black Eyed Peas – he's the one who stands at the back during photoshoots and music videos making his hands go into funny shapes. Essentially, Taboo is the Black Eyed Peas' version of Keith Duffy from Boyzone. Only Taboo gets arrested for driving around under the influence of marijuana more often. E! Online reports:
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Taboo, real name Jaime Luis Gomez, was involved in a minor collision at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Industry, a town 20 miles east of Los Angeles. Officers on the scene reported finding less than an ounce of marijuana and a medication for which the hip-hopster did not have a prescription. "It was a non-injury traffic collision," LAPD spokesman Steve Whitmore told E! Online. "When we rolled up on the scene and started talking to the drivers it became apparent to the officers that Mr. Gomez was under the influence."
Taboo – who we've decided is either named after the dull board game, the all-season conference centre on Lake Muskoka or the forbidden act of having sex with several dead relatives at once – was taken into custody following the arrest, cited for having the marijuana and medication on him as well as DUI, booked and released on $5,000. So far Taboo's court date has not been set.
Obviously it's dangerous and hugely irresponsible for anyone to go out driving with deliberately impaired skills, no matter how partially famous you are, but there's a bigger matter at hand – the matter of Taboo finding himself a better dealer. Seriously, the pot/medication/car combination should have left Taboo driving into oncoming traffic on a motorway, not bumbling gently into other cars. Someone's ripping him off.