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Will.i.Am's Illegal 'Back to the Future' DeLorean Impounded

Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am dresses like he's from the future and apparently has a ride from Back to the Future too.

Too bad for him that while the law allows you to express your fashion sense in your clothing (for the most part), there are laws that limit what you can do with your car.

will.i.am learned this the hard way when he was pulled over in Hollywood.

While cruising in a custom built ride that resembles the DeLorean from Back to the Future, will.i.am was stopped by police, reports E! News. It's not clear what the initial reason was for the traffic stop, but when the pop star was asked to provide paperwork relating to the vehicle, he failed to provide the car registration, did not have plates for the vehicle, and it was later revealed that the car didn't even have a VIN number.

When asked about the car, will.i.am told officers that the car was custom-made and admitted that it should not have been on the roads, reports E! News. Instead, the singer offered the excuse that he just couldn't wait to drive it. As a result, will.i.am was issued a citation and the car was impounded.

Generally, most states have pretty specific traffic laws and vehicle codes governing, to varying degrees, the documentation you need for your car, vehicle specifications, and equipment you can have on your car.

For the most part, you'll need to register your car and have visible license plates. Additionally, there are specific laws that govern modifications like the tint of your windows and having an underglow to your car.

In will.i.am's case, it's interesting to note that he reportedly did not receive any citations for the modifications to his tricked out ride. Presumably, if he had the proper licenses and documentation, his Back to the Future car may have been street legal and not impounded.

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