Pilot in Denver arrested for attempting to takeoff at five times the legal alcohol limit

Feb 20, 2024, 4:27 PM

If you’ve had a rough flight experience lately, just be thankful this guy wasn’t your pilot… 

After a strange radio conversation with traffic control (audio is below) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport located in Broomfield, Colorado, on a 1964 Mooney M20E, police said the pilot taxied back to a hangar and was observed by airport officers and a sheriff. The pilot also reportedly exhibited signs of clear impairment, including red and watery eyes, difficulty standing, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath.

Police said the sheriff attempted a field sobriety test on the pilot, but due to the severity of the impairment, the test was unsuccessful and the pilot was then arrested.

Back at the station, the pilot completed a breathalyzer test which gave a result of a .20 BAC or the equivalent of 200mg per 100ml ethanol in his blood.

Here’s the audio of the drunk pilot… 


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