We hope this goes without saying, but you can be charged with a DUI while operating any vehicle; even bicycles, golf carts, and planes. One California pilot is sitting in hot water after landing in a parking lot and being arrested on suspicion of flying under the influence. Let’s dive in.
A few weeks ago, pilot Darrell Roberts took his single-engine Piper Cherokee aircraft for a stroll on a Monday afternoon. Though he intended to fly from Temecula to San Diego (a distance of about 60 miles), he ultimately flew the wrong direction, got lost, and was running out of fuel. He decided to touch down in a warehouse parking lot in the L.A. suburb of Whittier. On his way in, he clipped a stop sign but kept the plane upright and was unharmed.
Deputies arrived at the scene and suspected Roberts of being intoxicated as they discussed what had happened. He was arrested on suspicion of a DUI and held in custody on $1,000 bail. He will appear in court on July 5th. If convicted, he’ll have a misdemeanor charge on his criminal record. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva said, “A DUI involving an airplane, that doesn’t happen very often.” We certainly hope Lieutenant Villanueva is right.
If you are facing misdemeanor or DUI charges in Riverside County, Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation can help. We’ve defended countless clients embroiled in stressful situations regarding the law. Contact us today at (951) 489-3320 to schedule a free consultation.