Co-Pilot Arrested for Being Drunk at Cherry Capital Airport

A co-pilot about to fly out of Cherry Capital Airport was stopped for possibly being intoxicated.

Police say he did a breath test and blew a .30.

They arrested him for operating while drunk.

Traverse City police arrested a co-pilot who they say was extremely drunk.

The Talon Air charter plane was scheduled to leave from the general aviation runaway on the north side of Cherry Capital Airport.

As the crew was getting ready, police say the captain noticed his co-pilot was acting strangely.   

He quickly called his dispatch center and when Traverse City police got there they found the man had a blood alcohol level of .30 and arrested him.

“That’s a very high blood alcohol level. I can honestly say in 15 years of law enforcement that this is the first time that I’m aware the city police had arrested somebody that was planning to pilot a plane,” says Captain Kevin Dunklow, Traverse City Police Department.

We have reached out to Talon Air in New York and received the following statement.

"We are very proud of Captain Manny Ramirez’ immediate action in detecting the co-pilot’s condition and removing him from his position. This is yet another example of Talon Air’s safety procedures working effectively on behalf of our clients and for airport safety. The individual in question has been immediately terminated."

We will have more on this investigation tonight on 9&10 News at 5&6.