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Throughout his career as a daredevil, Evel Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel accomplished some incredible feats on the back of a motorcycle. With skill, poise and an incredible amount of balls, he jumped the fountains at Caesars Palace, the volcano at the Mirage and an almost uncountable number of busses. When it comes to driving a motor home, however, he’s apparently not as skilled, at least when he’s intoxicated.
According to TMZ, Knievel was at the Buffalo Chip campground in South Dakota on Tuesday evening when he allegedly ran his motor home into at least two other vehicles, knocking off someone’s mirror and doing damage to a bumper before taking off like a bat out of hell. Police were called to the scene immediately, and upon arriving, they fanned out to try and see if they could track Robbie down. Humorously, that quest turned out to be a lot easier than they thought.
Not long after heading back out, police officers spotted Knievel’s motor home idling inside a parking lot. Its owner had apparently pulled over to text message and was still inside when they approached to ask him what the hell happened when he left the Buffalo Chip. Apparently, alcohol was involved. Lots of it. Knievel was given a series of sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, and then asked to take a breathalyzer test. He blew a .228, which is more booze than most of us would need need to get drunk. In fact, most of the lighter drinkers among us would pass out if we pounded that much in one night. Eager to get the case over with as quickly as possible, all involved agreed on a punishment yesterday, with Knievel’s license getting suspended for 30 days and about $600 in fines getting issued.
Robbie never quite achieved the same level of fame as his father. There have never been rumors about Channing Tatum playing him in a movie, but he still appeared on television numerous times and brought a lot of smiles to a lot of faces with his ballsy antics. Many of those jumps did a number on his body. He was unable to even perform some of the sobriety tests because of the numerous injuries the fifty-one-year-old suffered during his career, but given his take-no-prisoners, full-steam-ahead personality, something tells me he wouldn’t change a single thing about his legacy.
There’s a difference between having a few too many drinks one night and continually destroying one’s body by having too much to drink every night. At this point, it’s unclear which camp Knievel might fall into. Regardless, Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to Robbie and his entire family. Here’s to hoping this incident remains an outlier rather than becomes a part of a pattern.