Delta pilot charged with attempting to fly drunk plane & # 39; after throwing vodka bottle into toilet bowl & # 39;

Delta pilot, 37, is accused of attempting to control an airplane while he was drunk after throwing a bottle of vodka into a toilet bowl & # 39; when he saw additional checks from the TSA crew at Minneapolis airport

  • Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, was charged after an incident at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on July 30
  • He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol
  • He would fly the plane from Minneapolis to San Diego
  • Prior to boarding, TSA officers saw Schroeder leave a screening line for crew members after he noticed that they were carrying out additional checks.
  • He would have gone to a bathroom, where the police later found a vodka bottle
  • When the police interviewed him in the cockpit of the plane, they said she smelled alcohol in his breath, but he claimed he had drunk three days earlier
  • Schroeder then received a breathalyzer test, which revealed a BAC of 0.065
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A Delta Airlines pilot was charged after allegedly boarding a drunken plane in Minneapolis.

Judicial documents obtained by KSTP revealed that the pilot, Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, from Rosemount, Minnesota, was charged by subpoena with each one count of operating or trying to operate under the influence of alcohol and operating or trying to operate under the influence when the alcohol concentration is 0.04 or more.

Schroeder's indictment follows his arrest on July 30 on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol after being removed from a flight at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport at 11 am.

He would fly the plane from Minneapolis to San Diego.

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The pilot, Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, was removed from the fully boarded Delta flight at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Tuesday at 11 am for alleged drunkenness

Schroeder depicted on the day of his arrest at the airport

Schroeder depicted on the day of his arrest at the airport

The pilot, Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, was removed from his Delta flight at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on July 30 at 11:00 am for alleged drunkenness

Prior to boarding, TSA officers saw Schroeder leave a screening line for well-known crew members after being told that they were performing additional checks, and told him to the TSA police that he suspected that he had a prohibited item in his bag.

Authorities said that when Schroeder returned to the TSA screening line and asked a federal air marshal where Schroeder had gone after leaving the screening line, the pilot claimed that he had gone to the Delta crew room to pick up his iPad that he had left behind.

The TSA police were then told that Schroeder had not entered the Delta crew room, but that he had actually gone into a bathroom for about 27 seconds.

When the bathroom was searched, the authorities said they had found an unopened 1.75 liter bottle of Phillips Vodka in the trash can.

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Authorities said they had caught up with Schroeder, sitting in the first officer's seat in the aircraft's cockpit, talking to the captain that he would fly that morning. Two passengers would have been on board then.

Investigators said that while talking to the commander of the plane, Schroeder & # 39; began to sweat and shake & # 39 ;.

When they asked Schroeder about the last time he had drunk alcohol, he would have told the police that it was three days since he last drank.

He would fly the plane from Minneapolis to San Diego. The 37-year-old allegedly threw away a bottle of vodka before boarding his flight and the police said she smelled drink in his breath while interviewing him in the cockpit

He would fly the plane from Minneapolis to San Diego. The 37-year-old allegedly threw away a bottle of vodka before boarding his flight and the police said she smelled drink in his breath while interviewing him in the cockpit

He would fly the plane from Minneapolis to San Diego. The 37-year-old allegedly threw away a bottle of vodka before boarding his flight and the police said she smelled drink in his breath while interviewing him in the cockpit

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However, a detective said that during the conversation he could smell alcohol from Schroeder's breath, in which Schroeder also denied entering the bathroom and repeated his story about the crew room.

Eventually Schroeder would have admitted that he & # 39; maybe & # 39; went into the bathroom, but he denied that he had thrown out the vodka.

The police then conducted two austerity tests on Schroeder, including a breathalyzer, who revealed a .065 BAC, which led to his arrest.

After he was Mirandized, Schroeder admitted that the vodka bottle in the bathroom garage belonged to him and that he had thrown it away because he was ashamed & # 39; to have it in his possession.

He also admitted that he actually had a beer and three vodka drinks at 6 p.m. the night before he arrived at the airport.

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Forensic examination of his blood sample estimated that at that time he had a concentration of ethyl alcohol in the cockpit between 0.04 and 0.08 in his system.

Schroeder was booked but was later released. He is expected to make his first legal appearance on November 27 on the basis of gross crimes.

Delta said in a statement that the & # 39; alcohol policy is one of the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation. Delta is collaborating with local authorities on their investigation.

In Minnesota, the legal limit for driving cars with alcohol is 0.08, but motorists can be arrested at lower levels for DWI, according to the state Road Safety Agency.

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