MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Delta Air Lines pilot from Minnesota was charged Friday with operating a plane under the influence of alcohol.
Tester confirmed that 37-year-old Gabriel Schroeder, of Rosemont, had a blood alcohol level between 0.04% and 0.08% when detectives arrested him in a plane at Minneapolis airport just as it was boarding an airplane to San Diego July 20, according to the criminal complaint.
The limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration is 0.04%, which is half the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
Schroder's first court date is November 27. Court records do not show a lawyer who can comment on him.
According to the complaint, Schroeder told detectives that he had eaten a beer and three vodka drinks the night before. He also admitted to throwing an unopened vodka bottle that investigators found in a bathroom at the airport after he noticed the crew safety investigation had been escalated.
Delta removed Schroder from flying after the arrest.