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Rapper Too Short has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of possessing drugs and driving under the influence.

The hip-hop star, real name Todd Anthony Shaw, was stopped by police officers for a traffic violation in the early hours of Wednesday and asked to undergo a field sobriety test.

Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph told the L.A. Times that Too Short briefly tried to run from police before he was apprehended.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the "Blow the Whistle" hit-maker also tried to dump narcotics when he was in the back of the police car.

The 46 year old was taken into custody and booked for DUI and felony narcotics possession.