Flavor Flav has been arrested and jailed in Las Vegas on a charge of misdemeanour domestic battery and felony assault. According to Reuters, the 53 year-old Public Enemy rapper was arguing with his wife and threatened to kill her son with a knife. Police officer Bill Cassell told Associated Press that nobody had actually been hurt in the scuffle.

The incident occurred at 3:30am yesterday (October 17, 2012) at a home southwest of the Las Vegas Strip. Flavor Flav – real name William J. Drayton Jr. is being held on $23,000 bail at Clark. A court appearance is scheduled for today. This, of course, is not the first time that Mr. Flav has found himself on the wrong side of the law and it’s not the first time that he’s found himself behind bars, either. Back in 1991, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend of the time, serving 30 days for the crime. Two years later, he shot at one of his neighbour and was charged with attempted murder, finding himself locked up for 90 days. After a spell of driving offences and failure to comply with probationary offences, he then spent nine weeks on Rikers Island.

All this comes amidst a long-ranging history of substance abuse problems. In fact, there has hardly been a period of time when Flavor Flav hasn’t been in some kind of trouble with the law. The substance issues may now be under control but it doesn’t seem that the veteran rapper has what it takes to stay on the straight and narrow.