Ex-SEAL Who Says He Killed bin Laden Busted for DUI

Police allegedly found Robert O'Neill asleep behind the wheel of a running car
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2016 4:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge after police found him asleep in a car parked at a convenience store in his Montana hometown, the AP reports. Customers at the store in Butte called police to report a sleeping man behind the wheel of the running car around 2:30am, Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich said. The officer who responded woke the man up, identified him as Robert O'Neill, and noticed odd behavior. "He was confused. His actions were consistent with somebody who might be under the influence of something," Skuletich said.

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O'Neill denied drinking, gave different stories about where he had been, and at one point told the officers he had taken prescription medication to help him sleep, Skuletich said. O'Neill failed a field sobriety test and would not perform others. The officers brought him to jail, where he refused a test to determine his blood alcohol level. At that point, he was charged with driving under the influence, which is a misdemeanor, Skuletich said. Jail records show O'Neill was released at 4:26am after posting a $685 bond. It is O'Neill's first arrest. (Read more Robert O'Neill stories.)

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