Robbie Knievel arrested on DUI charge in Montana
(The Daily Mail) BUTTE, Montana – Robbie Knievel has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Butte, Montana – the town his daredevil father Evel Knievel helped make famous.
Knievel, 52, was speeding in an SUV on Tuesday evening when he rear-ended a Honda, causing a chain-reaction crash involving two other vehicles, police said. No one was injured.
After the crash, Knievel drove off but his car was found nearby and he was seen walking about a block away, according to Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich.
Officers noticed that he had a bloody lip and smelled of alcohol, but he refused to perform a breath test and so officers got a search warrant to take a blood sample, the Montana Standard reported.
Knievel was booked into jail. On Wednesday, he made his initial appearance in Justice Court.
He has been in the area, where he has family, for a couple of weeks, authorities said.
Skuletich says Knievel invoked his rights to an attorney but didn’t give officers a name.
The son of the famous daredevil Evel Knievel has previously admitted to being an alcoholic and pleaded guilty to DUI in South Dakota in August 2013.
In that incident, he drove his vehicle into two motor homes as he left a campground and a blood-alcohol test suggested he was nearly three times the legal limit.
He received a suspended jail sentence and paid nearly $600 in fines. His driver’s license was also suspended for 30 days.
Following the arrest, he spoke with ’TMZ Live’ and admitted that he had an alcohol problem.
‘I’m a frickin’ drinking, driving daredevil,’ he told the show. ‘I ride motorcycles and I friggn’ drink and ride … that’s my deal.’
They also asked him how he would feel if he hurt someone while he was behind the wheel.
‘I shouldn’t be drinking and driving ’cause I could kill somebody,’ he said. ‘And you know what, it would be better if I killed myself.’
Knievel appeared in his father’s stunts as a child and has continued working as a daredevil in his own right, while his older brother, Kelly, overseas the Knievel brand.
Among his most famous stunts, Robbie Knievel, a father-of-two, jumped over the Grand Canyon in May 1999 – succeeding where his father had failed years earlier.
To complete the jump, which was televised by Fox, he soared 228 feet (69 meters) across a narrow part of the canyon on his a 500 cc motorcycle.
Evel Knievel, who famously jumped lines of cars and buses, and attempted to hurdle sharks, canyons and anything else, passed away in 2007, aged 69.