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Stuntman Arrested in Companion’s Beating

October 11, 1994

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) _ Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel was arrested for allegedly beating a woman companion, police said Monday.

Knievel, 55, was arrested Sunday night after police answered a disturbance call at a motel and found a 25-year-old Florida woman with redness and swelling on her face and neck. She said the former motorcycle stuntman had hit her during an argument.

She directed police to a nearby bar, where Knievel, who lives in Las Vegas, was arrested without incident, police Capt. George Eaneff said.

Knievel was booked for investigation of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant and later released, Eaneff said.

The woman had been sharing a room with Knievel and had known him before the incident, police said. She refused medical attention and asked police not to disclose her name.

Knievel, whose death-defying jumps were the subject of a 1971 movie, ended his performing career in the early 1980s.