MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's new girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs, entertainment reporter at KSNV-TV, conducted an interview with Neil earlier this week about what it was like to spend 10 days in jail for a DUI charge stemming from his arrest in June 2010 after a party at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The Jacobs-Neil interview, which was broadcast on KSNV-TV in two parts — part one on February 28 and part two on March 1 — can now be seen below.
On whether he's learned anything from this experience:
Neil: "Yeah, I made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having some cocktails. It was so easy for me not to do it; I was at a hotel, I had access to limousines, I had access to rooms — I could have just stayed at the Hilton that night, but for some reason I decided to drive home, and that was the wrong thing to do."
On people's criticism that he got away with a slap on the wrist and that his punishment should have been harsher because of past experiences: (Neil "past" includes a felony DUI in a 1984 accident that killed HANOI ROCKS drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley and injured two others, leaving at least one of them with permanent brain damage. Neil was unharmed, did 30 days in prison, 200 hours of community service, and paid millions in restitution.)
Neil: "I paid my debt to the society 27 years ago; I did what was required of me then. I was sentenced to jail, I did my time, and I paid an enormous amount of money — two and a half million. But I would have gone to prison if I didn't. So that's what I did. And so a lot of people say, yeah, I bought my way out. Well, that's not really true. Most people would have gotten two days time served and pay a $500 fine — so [they would] never do any jail time. I got 30 days. I think a lot of it was kind of based on what happened to me 25 years ago, with the accident. And I didn't do a lot of time then."
On what lesson he's learned this time that he didn't learn back in 1984:
Neil: "I was 23 years old. I just turned 50. So, really, it was almost half of my life ago. I was a kid and all of a sudden I had a lot of money, all of a sudden I had fame and I let it go to [my] head. This time I just made a mistake."
On whether there is any question in his mind that this will not happen again:
Neil: "No. It's not gonna happen again. Absolutely not."
On being released from jail five days early because he volunteered and worked the entire time he was jailed, feeding his fellow inmates three meals per day as well as custodial duties:
Neil: "The place needs vacuuming, you vacuum, you mop. The showers are actually right there by where you eat, and so you look at that and if they need cleaning, you scrub 'em out a little bit."
Interview - Part 1:
Interview - Part 2:
Vince Neil police booking photo (taken on February 15, 2011)