Motley Crue's Neil jailed 15 days for drunk driving

Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:35pm EST
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By Timothy Pratt

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will serve 15 days in jail after pleading guilty on Wednesday to drunken driving, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said.

Neil, 49, a hard-charging glam metal star, had faced a possible six months behind bars after being arrested in Las Vegas for driving under the influence in June, just one week after he released his solo album "Tattoos & Tequila."

The Motley Crue singer has a tragic history with alcohol and cars. He served jail time following a 1984 crash in which he was driving drunk and his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, was killed.

With his guilty plea in the latest case and 15-day sentence, Neil avoids a possible maximum sentence of six months in jail if he had been convicted at trial, said Tess Driver, an assistant to the Clark County district attorney.

Neil will start serving his jail sentence on February 15, and after he gets out, he will serve 15 days of house arrest, Driver said. He will also pay a $585 fine.

"He's getting a pretty solid sentence," Driver said.

Neil was driving a Lamborghini with the license plate "Tatuud" and weaving between lanes when he was stopped by Las Vegas police, according to the arrest report.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is seen in this police booking mug shot from the Las Vegas Police Department, released to Reuters June 28, 2010. REUTERS/Las Vegas Police Department/Handout</p>