Bin Laden Shooter Charged With DUI, Blames Sleeping Pills

By McCarton Ackerman 04/12/16

The famed former Navy Seal has no prior criminal record and denies that he ever drove drunk.

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The former Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden was slapped with a DUI charge last week, but he is adamantly denying that he ever drove drunk.

The New York Post reports that Robert O’Neill allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel early Friday morning while parked at a convenience store in Butte, Mont. Customers notified police and Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich later reported that O’Neill was “confused,” noting that “his actions were consistent with somebody who might be under the influence of something.”

After giving different accounts of where he had been that night, O’Neill reportedly failed a field sobriety test and refused to take others. When police brought him to the local jail, he was given a DUI charge after refusing to take a test to determine his blood alcohol level. O’Neill was then released less than two hours later after posting $685 bond. He had no prior criminal record.

O’Neill still denies that he ever drove drunk and intends on entering a not guilty plea in his case. He released a statement insisting that he "took a prescribed sleep aid to help with long-standing severe insomnia," adding that, "While the timing of this charge was bad and I highly regret this decision, I am innocent of this charge and have entered a plea of not guilty. I am confident that I will soon be cleared of this matter."

Sheriff Ed Lester said in a statement that while he has "great respect for Rob O'Neill and what he has done for our country," this incident needed to be “handled the same way as any other DUI investigation.”

O’Neill left the Navy in 2012 after 16 years of service and now does public speaking engagements across the country. He also co-founded a charity called Your Grateful Nation, which works to help Special Operations veterans transition out of the military. 

The most recent Navy SEAL to make drug-related headlines was Angel Martinez-Ramos, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to conspiring to smuggle 10 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.

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