Pilot Charged With DWI on the Job

There are constant stories in the news about people being arrested for DWI while in the control of a car, but a news report out of Detroit is telling the story of a DWI of a different kind. According to reports, a pilot for a well-known airline company was recently arrested on suspicion of having a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

A security employee at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport observed that the pilot in question was acting strangely. He called airport police who investigated the situation. The police went to the airplane, just before takeoff, and gave the pilot a breathalyzer test, which he failed. They took him into custody and administered a second test that he reportedly failed, as well.

As you can imagine, passengers were shocked to see their pilot taken off the plane by police. In this era of terrorist attacks and mass transportation tragedies, the passenger were understandably concerned. The pilot was not allowed to fly the plane, and no one was hurt as a result.

The laws involving flying and alcohol are much more strict than driving and alcohol. Because aviation is regulated at the federal level, the FAA issues rules regarding blood alcohol levels and pilots. According to those regulations, a pilot may not fly a plane under the following circumstances:

  • Within eight hours of having an alcoholic drink;
  • While under the influence of alcohol;
  • With a blood alcohol limit of 0.04% or more;
  • Under the influence of any drugs that adversely affect safety.

Violation of these regulations will get a pilot in very serious trouble. Disregarding the criminal penalties that are involved, a pilot’s livelihood would be in jeopardy, as well.

Different Types of DWI

Driving a car while intoxicated is not the only crime in Texas under DWI. Under the laws defining DWI in Texas, a person can be arrested for DWI in a number of circumstances. For example, a person can be charged if intoxicated while:

  • Driving a car;
  • Operating a boat;
  • Operating an amusement park ride;
  • Flying an airplane.

In all of these scenarios, a person is not allowed to have a blood alcohol limit over the legal limit. But, in all these cases, the person being charged still has rights. Included in those rights is the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, and the right to be treated reasonably by the police during an investigation. If one or more of these and other rights are violated in your case, the court will often provide relief to the person whose rights are violated.

Defending Your Rights

If you are charged with DWI in the Dallas, Texas area, contact us. At the Wilder DWI Defense Firm our number one priority is defending your rights and getting you the best result possible in your case. We take your defense seriously, from investigation of the facts, to trial if that is what is best in your case. After you contact us, we will provide you with a free evaluation of your case for you.