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Too $hort’s police escape struggle has been caught on film. We estimate that veteran rapper runs at least a 10 second 40-yard dash.

The Bay Area Hip-Hop legend got busted for a DUI a couple of nights ago and reportedly tried to flee on foot after authorities pulled him over. The cops also allege that $hort Dog tried to dispose of drugs on his person while he was in the back of their squad car.

Of course, the “Blow The Whistle” rapper is claiming the illicit pharmaceuticals, allegedly meth, were not his.

TMZ reports:

Two law enforcement sources tell us the drug in question is meth … at least according to preliminary tests.  However, sources connected to the case tell TMZ … the drug will almost certainly turn out to be Ecstasy which was possibly laced with meth.

But Short’s rep, David Weintraub, tells TMZ … the rapper was clean in the drug department, adding, “Short was diligently searched and cuffed prior to being placed in the disgustingly filthy patrol car.”

And the rep goes on … “It was 3 AM, the cop car smelled like vomit and was littered with remnants from prior arrests of the evening.”  Translation: A miscreant with a penchant for meth dropped his load in the backseat.

But LAPD cops tell us … the protocol is to thoroughly search the patrol car — including the backseat — after every arrest.

As for why Too Short fled on foot after he was initially suspected of DUI, the rep tells us, “In the past, Short, like many others, has been mistreated by law enforcement and these unfortunate prior incidents led to the complications after the stop.” 

One more thing … Too Short’s rep wants to make it clear to the easy listening crowd, “Any assertion that Short was carrying powder is ridiculous!  Every rap fan knows Short’s into weed.”

But back to the video below. WTF Too $hort? Considering that the next morning he wasn’t even aware that he was busted for drug possession, he probably doesn’t even know what he was thinking.

Photo: TMZ