Rapper GloRilla Arrested for DUI in Georgia After Failing Sobriety Tests

Memphis rapper GloRilla arrested for DUI, open container, and other charges after a performance. Incident raises concerns about celebrities trivializing drunk driving and its potential impact on fans.

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Rapper GloRilla Arrested for DUI in Georgia After Failing Sobriety Tests

Rapper GloRilla Arrested for DUI in Georgia After Failing Sobriety Tests

Memphis rapper GloRilla, whose real name is Gloria Hallelujah Woods, was arrested in Gwinnett County, Georgia on April 18, 2023 and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), consuming an alcoholic beverage or possessing an open alcoholic container while in a passenger area, and failure to obey a traffic control device. The arrest occurred early Tuesday morning after GloRilla, 24, was pulled over by police for making a U-turn in the left lane at a red light as she was leaving Opium nightclub following a performance.

According to the police report, the arresting officer observed GloRilla having watery and bloodshot eyes, as well as detecting the odor of marijuana and alcohol from the vehicle. "You don't know who I am? I'm on your TV," GloRilla can be heard telling the officer in bodycam footage obtained by TMZ, but the officer did not recognize her. During the traffic stop, GloRilla told the officer she was heading to Waffle House but had accidentally urinated on herself. "I have pee on [my] hand," she admitted, saying she needed to use the restroom.

GloRilla struggled with the field sobriety evaluation but refused to take a breathalyzer test. The police report stated that her right breast popped out during the test, but she was "unable to realize" it. GloRilla also confessed to having a gun in her vehicle, though no firearm was found. Her brother was in the vehicle with her at the time of the incident, and officers found marijuana and an open alcoholic beverage bottle in the car.

After failing the sobriety tests, GloRilla was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. She was released a few hours later on a $1,956 bond. Following the incident, GloRilla posted a social media selfie that was criticized by some users as trivializing drunk driving and putting lives at risk.

Why this matters: GloRilla's arrest highlights the ongoing issue of celebrities and public figures facing legal consequences for driving under the influence. It also raises concerns about the potential influence and message sent to fans when high-profile individuals appear to make light of serious offenses like DUI.

The incident comes as GloRilla has experienced major mainstream success, including signing with Yo Gotti's label and releasing a hit single with Megan Thee Stallion. GloRilla is scheduled to perform in Georgia on Saturday and join Megan Thee Stallion as co-headliner on the upcoming Hot Girl Summer Tour 2024 next month. It remains to be seen how this arrest may impact her career and public image going forward.

Key Takeaways

  • Memphis rapper GloRilla arrested in Georgia for DUI, open container, and traffic violation.
  • GloRilla refused breathalyzer, confessed to having a gun (not found), and failed sobriety tests.
  • GloRilla released on $1,956 bond after a few hours in detention center.
  • Arrest raises concerns about celebrities trivializing drunk driving and its potential influence on fans.
  • Incident may impact GloRilla's career and public image as she experiences mainstream success.