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Thursday, August 9th, 2001
months of accusing police of setting him up because of his
celebrity status, weekend warrior Gilius Thunderhead plead guilty
on Tuesday to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with his
arrest outside a bar last February.
Gilius avoided jail time
after prosecutors agreed to drop charges of drunken driving and disturbing
the peace, despite the fact that police had said he failed sobriety tests,
Superior Court Judge Jesse
Rodriguez sentenced Gilius to two years of probation, ordered him not to
ride dragons with alcohol or drugs in his system and to pay $1,350 in
fines and costs. Rodriguez also ordered Gilius to remain at least 100
yards away from the
, where he allegedly beheaded a bouncer on the evening of his
Gilius was not in court for
Tuesday's hearing and entered his plea through his attorney, Mark Geragos,
who said he was "pleased'' with the case's resolution. But he
maintained that Gilius had been set up because of his notoriety.
"Obviously we're tickled
pink,'' Geragos told reporters after the hearing.
“My client is an upstanding citizen and an upstanding man.
Those courtroom bastards ain’t hear the last of us.”
Gilius was arrested last
February after a patrolman noticed that he was riding his dragon
erratically. Upon being stopped, Gilius was struggling in vain to open a
beer bottle with the edge of his sharpened axe.
Geragos said that Gilius was targeted by police because he is a
well known savior of the world.
Police said that Gilius
failed balance tests, and that a breath test for his blood-alcohol content
showed that he met the threshold for riding under an ``impaired'' state
due to the influence of alcohol, glue inhalation, and rancid beef jerky,
court records show.
On Tuesday Prosecutor Kenneth
Meersand said there had been difficulties with the case which could have
swayed a jury in Gilius's favor and that with the guilty plea he got a
"I wanted to hear Gilius
say the word 'guilty,' based on all that he's been presenting to the media
... that it was a police setup,'' Meersand said. "It would have
been tough to convict him in front of a jury. He's saved everyone's
life at some time or another."
Gilius is separately under
investigation by a congressional panel for allegedly smuggling elves
through customs to sell at area pet stores.
Gilius denies all charges.
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