Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, spoke to WGN’s Tom Negovan after pleading guilty to speeding 110 mph on the Edens Expressway last month. Minutes after leaving the Skokie Courthouse, he was arrested again.
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Chicago rapper Keith Cozart, better known as “Chief Keef,” was arrested Monday minutes after pleading guilty to speeding down the Edens Expressway at a 110 miles an hour last month, on his learner’s permit.
The judge gave the 17-year-old 18 months probation and 60 hours of community service, and ordered him not to drive.
Cozart’s lawyer says he was blocks away from the courthouse when police detained him on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.
Cozart is back in police custody.
His lawyer says she believes police were waiting for him to leave the Skokie Courthouse.
By Brian L. Cox
Special to the Tribune
Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, pleaded guilty this morning to speeding 110 mph on the Edens Expressway last month. The 17-year-old has a learner’s permit and was told by the judge not to drive.
“I think you think you’re invincible, and you’re certainly not,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge Earl Hoffenberg. “Violate (conditions of the plea agreement) and you’ll find out you’re not. … I sure hope I don’t see you again, because if I do you better be ready to go to jail.”
Under sentencing guidelines for the Class A misdemeanor, Cozart could have been sentenced to a year in prison and fined up to $2,500. But the judge fined him $531, put him on probation for 18 months, ordered him perform 60 hours community service, and undergo random drug testing. He must also complete eight hours of traffic school.
“If I were you, I wouldn’t take this deal if you can’t follow these conditions,” Hoffenberg said.
“I’m really not sympathetic to people who don’t listen to me,” the judge added.
Cozart was stopped on the speeding charge May 27, a week after he had been charged with disorderly conduct in Georgia, where police say hotel security smelled marijuana smoke coming from his room.
Cozart was behind the wheel of a 2011 BMW X6 M, heading north about 3:45 a.m. at Winnetka Road, when a Northfield officer clocked him at 110 mph in the 55 mph zone, officials said. The officer pulled over Cozart, who was riding with three other men. He was taken into custody, and one of the passengers was allowed to drive the BMW away, officials said. The police report listed Cozart’s address as in the 600 block of Pfingsten Road in nearby Northbrook.
On May 20, Cozart was arrested at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel in Dunwoody, Ga., north of Atlanta. Hotel security alerted police shortly before 3 p.m. about illegal drug activity at the hotel. Security staff members told police they had noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the room. Officers arrived and spoke with Cozart, then arrested him for disorderly conduct for smoking marijuana, according to a police report.
Chief Keef can’t drive 55 – but he can drive twice that along Chicago-area expressways.
“He was clocked at 110 in a 55 mph zone,” Monday at 3:45 am along the Edens Expressway, according to Northfield Deputy Police Chief Claude Casaletto.
Dashcam video shows as police conducted a pat-down, they discover a bundle in the 17-year-old’s pocket: an $8000 roll of cash..
Police reports list Chief Keef’s real name “Keith F. Cozart” and his occupation as “Hip Hop Superstar.”
Cozart was taken into custody and charged with two misdemeanors: excessive speeding and unlawful number of passengers.
This arrest comes on the heels of his arrest last week at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, after hotel security alerted police about illegal drug activity in his hotel room.
Rapper Keith F. Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, was arrested when he blew past police going 110 mph on the Edens Expressway, Northfield officials said.
The arrest comes a week after Cozart was charged with disorderly conduct after police say hotel security smelled marijuana smoke coming from his room.
Cozart, 17, was behind the wheel of a 2011 BMW, heading north about 3:45 a.m. Monday at Winnetka Road, when a Northfield police officer spotted him, said Northfield Deputy Chief Claude Casaletto.
“He was clocked at 110 in a 55 mph zone,” Casaletto said. “The officers typically sit off on the shoulder and wait for speeders. He came up as a high number.”
The officer pulled over Cozart and found three other men in the car with him. He was taken into custody, and one of the passengers was allowed to drive the BMW away. Casaletto said.
Cozart was brought to a police station and was cited for going 110 in a 55 mph zone and having too many passengers, the deputy chief said. Cozart has a driver’s permit which only allows one passenger with him.
He is scheduled to appear in courtroom 101 at the Skokie Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, said Casaletto.
Last week Monday, Cozart was arrested at the LeMeridan Hotel at 111 Perimeter Center West in Dunwoody, north of Atlanta, according to a spokesman for the Dunwoody Police Department.
Hotel security alerted police shortly before 3 p.m. about illegal drug activity at the hotel. The security told police they had noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the room. Officers arrived and spoke with Cozart, then arrested him for disorderly conduct for smoking marijuana, according to a police report.
When told of Cozart’s other run-ins with the law, Casaletto said of Monday’s arrest: “It’s negative publicity as far as we’re concerned.”
By Rosemary R. Sobol, Tribune reporter