Knievel pleads guilty to reduced DUI charge

Knievel pleads guilty to reduced DUI charge

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Robbie Knievel on Thursday pleaded guilty to a reduced drunken driving charge as part of a plea deal with the Butte-Silver County Bow County attorney’s office.

Knievel, 53, was charged with felony DUI, his fourth or subsequent offense, in April for running a red light and causing a four-car pile-up.

Deputy County Attorney Ann Shea said Thursday the state amended the charge to a second-offense DUI, a misdemeanor.

The daredevil — and youngest son of legendary Evel Knievel — still faces in Butte district court a criminal endangerment charge, as stipulated in the plea agreement.

Shea said prosecutors could not substantiate or prove Knievel’s prior DUI offenses, including one in South Dakota that was sealed and likely dismissed.

In August 2013, Knievel pleaded guilty to a first offense DUI for backing his motor home into two RVs at a Buffalo Chip Campground in South Dakota, according to the Rapid City Journal. He received a suspended jail sentence and paid nearly $600 in fines, and his driver’s license was suspended for 30 days.

On Thursday, Knievel received a six-month sentence with all but seven days suspended. Butte justice court Judge Ben Pezdark ordered a $685 fine and participation in the Assessment, Course and Treatment program for individuals convicted of DUI.

Knievel will no longer have submit to twice-daily alcohol monitoring, Pezdark said, adding that he believed Knievel's driver’s license was suspended for six months after his arrest April 21.

Knievel had planned to jump his motorcycle over 26 cars as part of Evel Knievel Days this week, but the jump was canceled because of his suspended driver license and the inability to secure liability insurance.

Knievel said he has been sober since the April DUI arrest and he even referred to his planned Red Zone stunt — the first announced stunt which was also canceled because of insurance — as “the sober jump.” 

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