According to the Oakland Tribune the rapper owes more than $1 million owed from a 1996 settlement involving a deadly car crash.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has been ordered to seize the equipment Too Short installed in the UpAllNite studio, which he opened in May on Franklin Street, to pay the remainder of the settlement now totaling more than $1.1 million, including interest charges.
The settlement stems from a 1991 head-on collision in Oakland that killed passenger James Ellerbee, 22, and seriously injured the driver, Matthew Martin. Too Short, whose legal name is Todd Shaw, was not directly responsible for the crash. However, Ellerbee's parents filed a wrongful death suit against Shaw for $17 million.
According to court documents, Shaw was uninsured and legally drunk. His blood alcohol level was .18, more than twice the legal limit of 0.8. Shaw who hit a parked car about 400 feet away and was fleeing the scene of that accident moments before the two vehicles collided head on about 2:15 a.m. April 25, 1991, in the 3000 block of 73rd Avenue. The Mercury Cougar had crossed over the center line as it came around a curve. Police at the time said both drivers were speeding.
Court documents show that Too Short has paid over $282,000 dollars over the last decade, but has failed to pay the remainder.