This may be shocking, but Motley Crue frontman, Vince Neil, who has a line of tequila called Tres Rios, and also has a new solo album called “Tattoos and Tequila,” as arrested on drunken driving charges after getting pulled over by police near the Las Vegas Strip. He was taken into custody around 11:15 Sunday night when he was stopped in in his Lamborghini after leaving the Las Vegas Hilton hotel.
Neil and his fourth wife, Lia, live in Las Vegas, where Neil owns tattoo shops, a bar called Feelgoods Rock Bar and Grill, and the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton. Neil plans to publish a memoir this fall, and in an interview with the Associated Press last week, he said he hadn’t used drugs in 20 years and had stopped abusing alcohol.
“There’s just a point in your life where you kind of stop, that’s what happened with me,” Neil had said. “There’s other things in life than just drugs and alcohol.”
Neil said he admired the sobriety of top performers today.
“Those are the guys that are doing it right,” he said. “It’s the ones that self-destruct with the drugs and alcohol that have gone by the wayside many years ago.”
This is not the first incident of Vince Neil’s drunk driving. In 1984, he was involved in a fatal drunk driving accident. The Hard rock band Hanoi Rocks was on tour in the U.S. On December 8, their first night in Los Angeles, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and the other members of the band (with the exception of singer Michael Monroe, who was recovering from a fractured ankle) visited Neil’s home and spent the day at Redondo Beach. After partying for hours, Neil and Razzle decided to take a trip to a local liquor store in Neil’s De Tomaso Pantera. Neil, who was drunk, lost control of the car and hit an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the other car were seriously injured and reduced to a vegetative state, and Dingley was killed. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the crash. His blood alcohol level was .17, well above the California legal limit of .08.
In July 1986, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Hinz, Jr. sentenced Neil to 30 days in jail, five years probation, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash and 200 hours of community service. Neil got out of jail in 15 days for good behavior; Mötley Crüe dedicated their third studio album, Theatre of Pain, to Razzle.
Neil is due Sept. 27 in Las Vegas Justice Court.