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Warrant issued for Chief Keef's arrest

Warrant issued after Chief Keef fails to appear at a pretrial hearing for his DUI arrest in March
A Lake County judge ordered a bench warrant Friday morning for the rapper known as Chief Keef.

A Lake County judge ordered a bench warrant Friday morning for the rapper known as Chief Keef.

The young hip-hop musician, legally known as Keith Cozart, was due in court for a pretrial hearing on a DUI arrest in March in Highland Park, when he was accused of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Cozart was not present at the hearing, and Judge Veronica O'Malley said he was not excused. She issued a $50,000 warrant for Cozart.

Steven Herzberg, the attorney representing Cozart, declined to comment after the hearing.

The South Side rapper was pulled over by Highland Park police March 5 for an expired registration. Police said he showed signs of impairment and charged him with DUI after field sobriety tests.

Cozart, who recently turned 19, reportedly lives in California. In June, he was evicted from his house in Highland Park. At the time, the owner of the house, Bal Bansal, said Cozart had been a good tenant and his departure was voluntary, but police confirmed it was an eviction.

According to court records, Cozart had been about $30,000 behind in rent payments as of March but had reached an agreement to catch up by April 20. But a final eviction order was filed May 7, records show.

In late March, Cozart was at the home of his manager in Northfield when a 33-year-old man was shot there and seriously wounded. Cozart was in the car that drove the man to a hospital, one of his lawyers has confirmed.

An unidentified person in the case was released in April after the shooting victim failed to show up at the police station for a lineup, officials said. The victim declined to press charges. Subsequently, Northfield police said the case was closed. 

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