October 15, 2007
A helicopter pilot giving rides at a Virginia festival has been charged with flying under the influence.
Police say 50-year-old Ronald James Davis Junior of Naples, Florida was seen flying the Bell 206 L1 helicopter erratically around 1:30 p.m. at the Suffolk Peanut Festival.
A family who had taken a ride with the Davis Jr. told police that he had cursed as they landed and that they had noticed the smell of alcohol on him. Suffolk Police officers who were working at the festival halted the rides and arrested Davis.
Davis is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond. Federal law requires pilots to stop drinking at least eight hours before flying.