Flavor Flav Arrested for Driving on 16 License Suspensions ... THEN LET GO!

1/9/2014 4:52 PM PST

Flavor Flav -- ARRESTED For Driving on 16 License Suspensions ... Then Let Go!

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Flavor Flav was arrested today in Hempstead, NY in a bizarre bust ... triggered by the fact Flav had 16 suspensions on his license -- yes, 16.

According to cops ... Flav was driving a black Hyundai when cops spotted him ... claiming he was driving 79 in a 55 zone.  

Upon further investigation ... troopers discovered Flav had 16 license suspensions.  Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Flav had a variety of unpaid tickets that resulted in the suspensions.  In addition, they found a small amount of marijuana.

Flav was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.  He was booked, released without bail and went on to attend his mother's funeral.

We don't know how he got to his mom's funeral -- hoping he didn't drive.