facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Drunk pilot faces charges

April 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, April 10 (UPI) -- A Norwegian pilot is facing charges he tried to fly a New York-bound commuter jet from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport while intoxicated.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen, 48, of Raleigh, N.C., a Norwegian immigrant, had a blood alcohol level of .09 -- a tick above the .08 level set for drunkenness and more than twice the .04 level set for pilots -- when he was arrested Jan. 4 in the jetway of an American Eagle flight.

Airport police Tuesday filed charges of operating or attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol in Hennepin County District Court but defense attorney Peter Wold said Kristiansen never actually tried to operate the plane, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Kristiansen has been on suspension since his arrest and could be fined $3,000 and spend a year in jail for each count.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback