Robert James O’Neill, the former member of SEAL Team 6 who killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid, was charged with DUI on Friday in his hometown of Butte, Montana.
An officer saw him sleeping in the front seat of his car with the engine running, and he recognized O’Neill. This is horrible!:
According to George Skuletich, the undersheriff of Butte-Silver Bow City and County, local officers responded to the parking lot of a local convenience store after multiple complaints of a man sleeping in the front seat of his car with the engine running.
The officers recognized O’Neill, 39, and proceeded to wake him. After a brief conversation, the officers noticed that he was impaired, said Skuletich. The officers then administered one field sobriety test — known as the horizontal gaze — that O’Neill failed. O’Neill then refused any further field sobriety tests and was detained.
At the local jail, O’Neill took and failed a second sobriety test and then refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test. He was charged shortly afterward and released on bond for $685. His license is currently suspended, and in the interim he was given a 72-hour temporary driver’s license, as it was his first offense, said Skueletich. O’Neill is expected to appear in court Monday.
O’Neill explained to the press that he took prescription sleeping pills prior to his arrest, but he “highly regrets” his decision. He will plead not guilty.
Now retired, O’Neill participated in more than 400 combat missions and received two Silver Stars and four Bronze Stars with Valor. He now has a new career in public speaking.
Here is O’Neill’s booking photo, courtesy of City and County of Butte-Silver Bow, Montana:
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