Most police officers will never administer a sobriety test like this one. The former CEO of Anheuser Busch was arrested after failing a sobriety test before piloting a Helicopter he just casually parked in a public parking lot in Swansea, Illinois.
Upon arriving to the scene officers claimed August Adolphus Busch IV looked intoxicated and they could not allow him to take off. August already had the engine running and rotors spinning when they arrived, indicating he had all intentions of piloting the Helicopter. According to Fox2Now.com:
“A caller told Swansea police that Busch was returning to the helicopter at around 8:15 p.m. and appeared to be too intoxicated to take off. The helicopter’s rotors were spinning and the engine was revving up when police arrived on the scene. The officer turned on the emergency lights on the squad car and the pilot powered down the engine.”
Police found prescription drugs on him and in the Helicopter and August handed over a firearm as well. The officers discovered two more in the chopper. Fox2Now reported:
“Busch told officers that he had a conceal carry license and had a Rohrbaugh R9 9mm in the front pocket of his pants. He told them that the weapon was, “hot.” They removed the gun from his pocket. Police also found Dexamethasone in his pocket. The prescription was for August’s wife.
At that point, Busch told officers that he was about to have a panic attack. He began jumping and running sprints saying that he needed more oxygen to deal with the attack.
A search of the helicopter turned up several weapons. Police discovered a loaded Ruger LCR 22 LR revolver, a Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum revolver with four live rounds, and a loaded Glock Austria .357 with one round in the chamber. Investigators also found several bottles of prescription drugs; Letrozole prescribed for his wife and Alprazoiam, Clonazepam prescribed for Busch. A large bag of prescription drugs that his wife said were to assist with fertility was also found.
Police gave Busch more sobriety tests. They say he was unable to focus and they placed him under arrest. They took him to the hospital to submit blood, urine, breath for testing.”
Busch was eventually was released with no charges. They’re still waiting on results from the test, so charges may be filed eventually. It’s time for a new slogan, “Friends don’t let friend pilot Helicopters intoxicated with guns and drugs on them.”