A company that provides aerial tours of the Grand Canyon notified police in Boulder City, Nevada, that one of their airplanes was missing from the Boulder City Airport. Officers responded to find a man was taking off and landing the plane over and over. Since they could not chase him, they had to wait for a landing. On the fifth observed landing, they managed to arrest 47-year-old Paul Michael Weddle.
Officers watched Weddle flying “in a reckless manner,” even coming close to another plane after an abrupt turn, the report said.
Weddle wouldn’t show his hands to the arresting officer and was eventually tackled by police, the report said.
He later told officers he wanted to complete the take-off and landing portion to obtain his pilot’s license, the report said.
Weddle’s blood-alcohol content was 0.132 percent. He was taken to the hospital before being booked on charges of DUI and vehicle theft. The question arising from the incident is, how, in this era of tight airport security, did Weddle get into the airport? -via Arbroath
(Image credit: Boulder City Police Department)