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Rapper Chief Keef clocked at 110 mph on Edens

By Rosemary R. Sobol

Tribune reporter

12:05 AM CDT, May 29, 2013

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Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, was arrested when he blew past police while going 110 mph on the Edens Expressway, Northfield police said.

Monday's arrest comes a week after Cozart was charged with disorderly conduct after Georgia police say hotel security smelled marijuana smoke coming from his room.

Cozart, 17, was behind the wheel of a 2011 BMW X6 M, heading north about 3:45 a.m. at Winnetka Road, when a Northfield officer spotted him, Northfield Deputy Police Chief Claude Casaletto said.

"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, who was riding with three other men. 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 cited for going 110 in a 55 mph zone and having too many passengers, the deputy chief said. Cozart has a driver's permit that allows only one passenger.

The police report listed Cozart's address as in the 600 block of Pfingsten Road in nearby Northbrook. A court hearing is scheduled June 17, Casaletto said.

On May 20, Cozart was arrested at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel in Dunwoody, Ga., 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. 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.

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."

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