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Jelly Roll Tried to Run From the Cops + They Took Pity on Him

Jelly Roll Tried to Run From the Cops + They Took Pity on Him

Jelly Roll makes no secret of his criminal past, but that doesn’t mean he was actually good at it. In a new interview with Howard Stern, the rapper turned country superstar shared a hilarious story about running from the police when he was 15 years old, ruefully admitting that he wasn’t a particularly skillful criminal.

Jelly Roll appeared on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM on Wednesday (June 12). The singer spent years in juvenile detention and prison before completely turning his life around, prompting Stern to ask, “How did you get caught so much?”

“I was the worst criminal ever,” Jelly Roll replied with a laugh. “My successfulness of running from the police was zero in 20.”

For example, he shared a story from when he was 15 and got arrested while high on Xanax.

“You know how Xanax makes you a little slow anyways?” he asked. “In my mind when the police pulled us over, I was like, ‘I’m just gonna run.’ So I opened the door, and in my mind, I jumped out [of the car], sprinted across the field and almost made it.”

The reality was very different, he shared.

“I was so fat and Xanax-ed out I stood out and got two steps,” he recalled, laughing. “The cop was standing there watching me, and I fell, and he just laid on top of me.”

Jelly Roll’s criminal incompetence actually had a silver lining, he explained.

“He felt so bad for me that he didn’t even charge me for trying to run.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Jelly Roll talked about life in prison, where he said getting into fights with other inmates was unavoidable. He often dreamed about a future in music while incarcerated, using his steel bed as a drum to create beats while he worked on some of his earliest songs.

Though Jelly Roll can look back now and laugh, his criminal past still follows him, despite all of his work to help at-risk youth and those who are currently incarcerated turn their lives around like he has.

In 2023, the singer revealed he had lost out on his dream house because the homeowner’s association would not allow a felon to live in that neighborhood, and he’s still struggling to find a way to tour overseas due to his past felony conviction.

And earlier this month, Jelly Roll was featured on Falling In Reverse’s new country song, “All My Life.”

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