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Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Speeding Charges

By Jim Greene

on October 18, 2010

Singer Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and speeding charges this week in Las Vegas. A non-jury trial on the charges before a justice of the peace was scheduled for early January.

According to Metro Police, Neil, 49, was arrested while driving his Lamborghini erratically at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone near the Las Vegas Strip at about 11:15 p.m., June 28. After failing field sobriety tests, Neil was given a breath test that showed his blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He was taken to Clark County Detention Center and released the next morning, after posting $2,000 bail.

Neil’s June DUI arrest was his second in Las Vegas in three years. The previous arrest was in August 2007. He was sentenced to an in-patient drug program after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

Passenger Killed in 1984 Redondo Beach DUI Crash

In 1984, Neil, then 25, was charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter after a head-on crash near his Redondo Beach home. That crash killed his passenger, drummer Nicholas Dingley of the Finnish band Hanoi Rocks. Neil was ordered to pay $2.5 million to crash victims and spent 20 days in jail.

The week before Neil’s most recent arrest he told an interviewer that he no longer abused alcohol and had not taken any illicit drugs for 20 years.

In addition to DUI, Neil’s arrest record includes misdemeanor battery incidents in California and Nevada. One was the result of an accusation that he struck a prostitute at Nevada’s Moonlight Bunny Ranch brothel. That charge was dismissed after Neil performed community service.

If you’ve been arrested for drunken driving, contact an experienced DUI attorney. According to the law, everyone has the same rights as a defendant, from celebrities to ordinary hard-working people. Your attorney will ensure that you receive the full benefits of those rights. If you are convicted, your attorney will fight for just punishment.

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