Vince Neil Drives Drunk: and it Ends In Tragedy

Vince Neil Drives Drunk: and it Ends In Tragedy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 10,000 people die in drunk driving-related accidents every year. Driving under the influence is a very serious crime that comes with dire consequences for those convicted. Every so often, a high-profile figure gets in trouble for drunk driving, bringing the crime to national attention. In 1984, Vince Neil was convicted of driving under the influence.


Vince Neil is a musician who is best known as the lead singer of the band Mötley Crüe, which was formed in 1981. By 1984, Mötley Crüe had gained considerable acclaim for their hit record Shout at the Devil, which helped establish them as a major heavy metal act. Mötley Crüe in general and Vince Neil in particular had earned a reputation for wild offstage antics and heavy drug and alcohol use.

The Incident

In 1984, Vince Neil invited the members of Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks to visit his LA-area home. After heavy drinking, Neil and Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley decided to drive to a nearby liquor store. Neil lost control of the vehicle and struck an oncoming car. The occupants of the other car were severely injured, and Dingley was killed. Neil apparently had a blood alcohol content of 0.17%, which was well above California’s 1984 legal limit of .10%.

Legal Ramifications

Vince Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI. He paid a fine of $2.5 million, but only spent 15 days in jail. Neil himself later noted that his sentence “wasn’t tough enough.” Vince Neil also got in trouble for DUI in 2007 and 2010. He worked out a plea deal for the 2007 charge and got off with a fine. He pled guilty to the 2010 charge and spent a total of 30 days in jail and under house arrest.

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The circumstances surrounding DUI arrests are often complicated, and deserve to be thoroughly examined in court. If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI, contact the Arizona DUI and criminal defense lawyers at Thrush Law Group. You can call our Phoenix office at (480) 366-5795 or our Tucson office at (520) 325-6500 to set up an appointment.

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