The Three Ridiculous Reasons Vince Neil Got Arrested
Mötley Crüe members were famous for their talents as musicians and songwriters. However, they also gained fame over the scandals they were involved in over the years. Thanks to their reputation, the band earned the informal title of the world’s most notorious band due to their lives full of substance abuse, controversial private lives, and shocking incidents.
Thankfully, the band members have been pursuing a sober life for years after realizing that they couldn’t continue living like this and got clean. However, before they decided to change their lifestyle, the damage was done in certain aspects of their life, including frontman Vince Neil‘s. As a result, the singer has a criminal record which can be seen as proof of their dangerous way of living, and we’ll break down the details for you.
Why Was Vince Neil Arrested Three Times?
Almost every Mötley Crüe fan knows that Vince Neil spent a lot of time in police stations, jails, and courtrooms nearly as much as he did on the stage as the band’s frontman. Neil’s uncontrollable abuse of cocaine, LSD, heroin, and alcohol led to many legal troubles and personal tragedies over the years. The most known incident was his car accident with Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley under the influence of alcohol.
Razzle passed away because of the accident on December 8, 1984, at the age of 24, and Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter. As a result, the rocker was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years’ probation. However, this was not the end of Neil’s alcohol-fueled crimes and other violent acts. The musician’s criminal history continued, although it mainly consisted of minor offenses in the following years.
One of these crimes occurred when he fought with record producer Michael Schuman in 2002. The producer stated that the Mötley Crüe singer punched him in the face numerous times and knocked him on the ground in a nightclub parking lot. Thus, Neil faced misdemeanor battery charges and could have been sentenced to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. Still, he managed to get away with a fine and community service. Though fans were curious about the background of their fight, none of the sides revealed the reason behind the attack.
Shortly later, Vince Neil was on the headlines with an arrest warrant after one of his shows on October 30, 2004, at Gilley’s Dallas. There was a disagreement between the club’s soundman, Michael Talbert, and Neil about the guitar sounds, resulting in the singer’s physical attack on the employee. Talbert stated that he was glad to hear that the singer was given a criminal trespass and would be charged with assault, but the remaining details about the case remained unknown.
Talbert said about the warrant:
“I’m glad to hear it. There’s no reason, as far as I’m concerned, why anybody should act like that. I don’t care if you’re Vince Neil or John Doe.“
Moreover, Las Vegas police suspected Neil was driving his Ferrari under the influence because of erratic moves, so they arrested him for DUI in 2007. According to Nevada state law, the musician could have faced from 10 days to 6 months in jail about being convicted for drunk driving a second time if he hadn’t made a deal with the prosecutors. So he pleaded guilty to reckless driving to drop the charges.
Consequently, it’s reasonable to think that all of these arrests and legal troubles made Vince Neil understand that he should focus on anger management and sobriety. However, he didn’t avoid being arrested for various crimes many times regardless of the severe charges he had faced, so it’s hard to say that he learned his lesson even after causing somebody to lose his life.