Pilot arrested at MSP airport after failing Breathalyzer test
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#1 Jan 4, 2013
What was the charge?
The local police have no jurisdiction over aviation regulations.
#2 Jan 6, 2013
Of course they do. Among other things they routinely arrest passengers for breaking FAA regulations. Do you think the FAA meets every flight that comes in with an unruly passenger? Local police arrested the famous NWA crew that was caught drinking. THAT case seems to have held up in court since the whole crew went to prison.
#3 Jan 6, 2013
Local police don't have the authority to arrest unruly passengers unless the offense happened on the ground. A local cop can't charge someone with a Federal offense. If a drunk steps onto local jurisdiction then the cop can charge the person with public intoxication in their municipality.
#4 Jan 7, 2013
Judge: "Officer I see you arrested Mr. Smith for being an unruly passenger about Flight 9999 to Columbus, Ohio.
Officer: "Yes, your honor. The Flight Attendant said Mr. Smith would not put his seat belt on".
Judge: "Officer, your here to describe your first hand observation of the offense not what a third party told you".
Officer: "But your honor, I didn't observe the offense".
Judge: "Mr. Smith you're free to go"
#5 Jan 7, 2013
You are such a legal wizard. I guess that is why no one ever gets arrested by a local cop for breaking federal laws and all FAA cases are therefore thrown out and the NWA and other crew never went to prison.
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