- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2013

Robbie Knievel, the daredevil son of Evel Knievel who was arrested in South Dakota Tuesday for going on a drunken rampage in a Sturgis trailer park — called into ‘TMZ Live’ today to explain that he’s a hardcore alcoholic and has no plans of stopping.

“I’m a friggin’ drinking, driving daredevil,” he defiantly told the gossip news site. “I ride motorcycles and I friggin’ drink and ride … that’s my deal.”

“I have an alcohol problem,” an unapologetic Mr. Knievel continued. “I’m a cowboy. I’m not a redneck. But I love whiskey.”

The most concerning part of the interview, TMZ said, was when the 51-year-old talked about drinking and driving.

“I shouldn’t be drinking and driving ‘cause I could kill somebody,” he said, “and you know what, it would be better if I killed myself.”

Mr. Knievel was arrested around 6:38 p.m. Tuesday outside of the Buffalo Chip campground in Sturgis where lots of tourists stay for the city’s motorcycle rally, TMZ first reported.

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The park’s security called police after the daredevil drove his RV into two other RVs on the property, breaking a mirror and a bumper, and then tore out of the property, law enforcement told TMZ.

Police later found Mr. Knievel in a nearby parking lot, texting in the driver’s seat of the RV with the motor running. He blew a .228 in a breathalyzer test, almost three times the legal limit in the state, TMZ said. He also failed field sobriety tests.

Mr. Knieval was booked and released. His license was suspended for 30 days and he’s been ordered to pay nearly $600 in fines, according to TMZ.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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