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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Rocko Arrested

Atlanta rapper Rocko and another man were jailed Friday in Monroe County after the two were reportedly seen racing up Interstate 75 in a Rolls Royce and a BMW. Rocko, whose name is Rodney Ramone Hill Jr., was at the wheel of a late-model Rolls Royce Phantom when a Monroe deputy caught up with him near Forsyth about 1:30 p.m., said sheriff’s Lt. Brad Freeman.

Hill, 36, was not cited for speeding because the cars had slowed considerably when deputies spotted them, Freeman said. But Hill, also known as Rocko Da Don, was arrested on a pair of charges that included driving with a suspended license. The driver of a BMW that had been heading north with Hill kept going at speeds in excess of 150 mph, Freeman said.

Deputies found the BMW backed in at a gas station at the Johnsonville Road exit, a few miles north of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Its driver, Jason Philbert Wright, 26, of Decatur, faces felony fleeing-and-eluding charges and a string of traffic violations, a jail official said.

Hill, who according to his Wikipedia page has children with R&B singer Monica, scored a 2013 hit with the song “U.O.E.N.O.” His 2008 hip-hop album “Self Made” was also popular. Rolls Royces like the one he was said to be driving Friday cost about $500,000. But the license plate on it had expired and Hill was cited.

“You’d think a man with a Rolls Royce could afford a tag. But apparently not,” Freeman said. When Wright, the guy in the Beemer, didn’t stop, the deputy who had pulled over Hill gave chase, Freeman said. Hill later showed up at the Johnsonville Road exit — apparently to check on Wright, who was in custody, Freeman said.

By then, deputies had learned that Hill’s license was suspended and that his tag had expired, and they arrested him, Freeman said. Freeman said Wright was “part of (Hill’s) entourage, for lack of a better term.”

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