Robert James O’Neill became a national hero after he revealed he was the man who pulled the trigger when world-renowned terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed several years ago, but he just received some absolutely horrible news – O’Neill was arrested on Friday.
On Friday, police Butte, Montana responded to multiple complaints of a suspicious man sleeping in a vehicle in a local convenience store’s parking lot. When they arrived, they found 39-year-old O’Neill passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle with the engine running, reported Breaking 911.
The officers on the scene recognized the former Chief Petty Officer, then proceeded to try to wake him up. The officers had a conversation with the famous terrorist hunter, then determined he was impaired and performed a field sobriety test called the horizontal gaze.
O’Neill failed the roadside test and refused any others, so he was taken to the local jail, where he took and failed a second sobriety test. He refused a blood test and breathalyzer, and was then charged with DUI and released on a $685 bond.
Police also suspended his license, but gave him a 72-hour interim license so he could continue driving because this was his first-ever traffic offense. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Following the arrest, O’Neill sent out an email in which he vehemently denied the charges against him. The former SEAL and all around badass said he made a mistake, and that he had taken a prescribed sleep aid prior to being found in his car.
“The facts are that I took a prescribed sleep aide to help with long-standing severe insomnia. While the timing was bad and I highly regret this decision, I am innocent of the charge and have entered a plea of Not Guilty,” Mr. O’Neill said.
O’Neill also praised the Butte Police Department for their “professionalism and courtesy.”