Deadwood, SD-Robbie Knievel, son of daredevil Evel Knievel, is accustomed to making tricky driving maneuvers with his motorcycle, but he isn’t that skilled at driving RVs, especially if he’s drunk. Now, the stunt driver is facing a DUI charge after ramming into a couple of parked RVs at popular camping spot for people attending the Sturgis Bike Rally.
The incident took place Tuesday when Knievel was trying to exit the Buffalo Chip campground in Lawrence County, South Dakota, around 5 p.m. Knievel crashed into two motorhomes while he was trying to leave his parking space, causing minimal damage to the two vehicles.
Witnesses told the Rapid City Journal that Knievel was backing up his RV when he knocked one of the mirrors off of another recreational vehicle. He continued to try and maneuver his RV out of the space when he crashed into the bumper and storage unit of an additional recreational vehicle. TMZ reported that Knievel “tore out of the property without stopping.”
Security guards at the event saw the collision and called the Meade County Sherriff’s Office to report a drunken driver.
The Rapid City Journal reported that police found Knievel’s RV parked at a Deadwood Casino about an hour later. He was sitting behind the wheel and texting with the motor running when an officer opened the side door of the motorhome.
The arrest report states that the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The officer also said Knievel had bloodshot and glassy eyes.
Knievel told officers he had been drinking, but denied being intoxicated. He failed several field sobriety tests, but the report states he had trouble successfully completing some of the tests because of previous injuries.
A breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcohol content was .228; over three times the legal limit in South Dakota.
Knievel was placed under arrest and taken to the police station in Lawrence County. On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to DUI first offense and paid a $600 fine. His driver’s license was suspended for 30 days.
Driving while intoxicated is dangerous in any type of vehicle, but in a RV it can be especially dangerous. He was fortunate he did not cause an accident.
On Thursday, Knievel called TMZ Live to talk about his arrest and characterized himself as a drunk driving daredevil who isn’t going to change.
He admitted to that he was “plastered” the day of his arrest. “I ride motorcycles and I friggin’ drink and ride … that’s my deal,” he told TMZ.
As the interview proceeded Knievel said, “I have an alcohol problem,” admitting that he loves whiskey, but he’s not a “redneck.”
When one of the TMZ Live hosts, Robbie, asked Knievel how he would feel if he hurt someone, Knievel said, “I shouldn’t be drinking and driving ’cause I could kill somebody … and you know what, it would be better if I killed myself.”
Knievel won’t be driving for the next 30 days, but he might need to get some help for his drinking problem if he doesn’t want to get another DUI and become just another statistic. Over 50 percent of drivers convicted of their first DUI are doomed to repeat their offense, according to MADD.