Daredevil Robbie Knievel charged with fourth offense DUI

From the Montana Standard:

Robbie Knievel, the youngest son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, was charged Wednesday with felony drunken driving and criminal endangerment after allegedly causing a four-car pile-up in Butte the previous night.

Knievel, 52, made an initial appearance before Judge Ben Pezdark in justice court at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center early Wednesday afternoon. In lieu of bond being set, he agreed to either come to the jail each morning and evening and submit to alcohol screening or wear a bracelet that detects alcohol.

The DUI is a felony because Knievel has three previous drunken driving convictions. The felony criminal endangerment charge stems from Knievel allegedly running a red light at the intersection of Dewey Boulevard and Harrison Avenue at 7:31 p.m. Tuesday and causing an accident that created substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another.

Police said none of those others involved in the wreck appeared to suffer injuries.

Knievel also was charged with three misdemeanors –- leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, and running a red light.

The drunken driving charge carries a maximum five-year sentence and $50,000 fine, and the criminal endangerment charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence and $50,000 fine.

The three misdemeanors carry possible six-month jail sentences and fines ranging from $200 to $500.

According to Butte police, Knievel was driving a 2005 GMC Yukon at a high speed heading south on Harrison Avenue. Witnesses told police he rear-ended a Honda Accord, it hit a Ford Taurus, and the Ford struck a Hummer.

Knievel fled the scene in the GMC, and it was located shortly afterwards parked on Sanders Street two blocks away. Police then saw Knievel walking on Busch Street, a block from the accident scene, and stopped him.

He refused to take a Breathalyzer and could not take some of the field-sobriety tests because of his bloody lip, police said, so they got a search warrant and had a blood sample taken at St. James Healthcare.

Knievel was cited for felony DUI and was booked into the jail.

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