LAS VEGAS — Motley Crue singer Vince Neil avoided the media and quietly pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving drunk in his Lamborghini last summer near the Las Vegas Strip.
A temporary judge who took the plea before reporters arrived sentenced Neil to 15 days in the Clark County jail and 15 days on house arrest under terms of an agreed-upon plea deal that spared him a trial on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge. Neil could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted.
Court officials said the 49-year-old rocker was ordered to begin serving his sentence Feb. 15, a week after his 50th birthday.
Court officials said Neil and his lawyers, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, appeared 90 minutes early before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Gerry Zobrist. Media members arriving for a 9 a.m. hearing learned that Neil had already come and gone.
‘‘My understanding is he came in early and they just moved it up,’’ said court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price, who was in the courtroom for Neil’s appearance.
Neil said nothing more than ‘‘guilty’’ to the charge against him, Price said. He was also fined $585 and ordered to attend drunken driving abatement school and to view a victim impact video online.
Chesnoff told The Associated Press the case was moved up at his request because he was due in family court across town on another case.
Gordon, of ‘Untouchables’ fame, dies
SANTA FE, N.M. — Actor Bruce Gordon, who played a mobster on the television series ‘‘The Untouchables’’ from 1959 to 1963, has died at his Santa Fe home.
Gordon, who had lived in Santa Fe since the 1970s, died Jan. 20, 12 days before his 95th birthday.
Santa Fe Funeral Options, which handled arrangements, says a private family memorial will be held in Big Sur, Calif.
Before taking on his most famous role as mobster Frank Nitti in ‘‘The Untouchables,’’ Gordon played police officers, detectives, prosecutors and cowboys. He appeared on such television programs as ‘‘The Hallmark Hall of Fame,’’ ‘‘Gunsmoke,’’ ‘‘Maverick’’ ‘‘Perry Mason’’ and ‘‘Bonanza.’’