Montana police have charged the former Navy SEAL who claims he killed Osama bin Laden with drunken driving.
Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich said officers found Robert O’Neill asleep early Friday morning in a running car parked outside a convenience store in Butte, The Associated Press reported.
Undersheriff Skuletich said Mr. O’Neill, 39, was confused and appeared to be intoxicated when officers wore him up.
Mr. O’Neill failed an on-site sobriety test and was taken to jail where he refused a breathalyzer test. He was released after posting a $685 bond, AP reported.
In 2011, Mr. O’Neill publicly claimed that he had fired the shots that killed the al Qaeda leader during a SEAL team 6 raid in Pakistan.
In a statement Mr. O’Neill said he had taken a sleep aide that had caused him to call asleep behind the wheel.
The facts are that I took a prescribed sleep aide to help with long-standing severe insomnia. While the timing was bad and I highly regret this decision, I am innocent of the charge and have entered a plea of Not Guilty,” Mr. O’Neill said.
He added that he is confident he will be cleared of the matter and thanked police for their “professionalism and courtesy.”
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