Chief Keef pleads not guilty to DUI charge - Fox 2 News Headlines

Chicago rapper Chief Keef pleads not guilty to DUI charge

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Keith Cozart. (Highland Park police) Keith Cozart. (Highland Park police)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Rapper Chief Keef pleaded not guilty in a Lake County misdemeanor courtroom Friday to charges of driving under the influence of marijuana in Highland Park.

The rapper — whose real name is Keith Cozart — was charged under a Highland Park municipal ordinance and is being prosecuted by the village rather than the Lake County State's Attorney's office, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

Security was slightly heightened for his uneventful appearance in the Lake County Courthouse.

His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 16.

Police pulled Cozart over at about 12:40 a.m. March 5 in the 2600 block of Skokie Valley Road after officers noticed he had an expired registration on his 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to police, when officers approached the car, they claim they noticed Cozart seemed impaired by drugs, and that they could smell burnt marijuana coming from inside of his car.

Cozart later failed a sobriety test and was taken into police custody.

He was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a valid driver's license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired registration. Cozart recently spent time in California serving a 90-day court-mandated rehab sentence after he pleaded guilty last year to testing positive for drugs while on probation.

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