Pilot Arrested for Drinking

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

A pilot was arrested at Bluegrass Airport early Thursday morning after one of his passengers smelled alcohol on him. Police say 51-year old Stephen Lynn of Arkansas failed a sobriety test.

Polly DeWitt's husband, Kevin was scheduled to fly to St. Louis to enter a rehab center for a spinal cord injury. Dewitt says her husband, an Iraqi war veteran was in a diving accident in May leaving him a quadriplegic.

DeWitt says she notified police after smelling alcohol on Lynn. Court records state Lynn blew a .007 on a breathalyser test, well below the legal driving limit of .08 and the legal flying limit of .04.

Lynn's attorney says his client had a few drinks before 11pm the previous night and that was what showed up. He is confident the prosecution will not proceed with the case and it will be dismissed.


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  • by ? Location: etown on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    To the people who dont know my cousine and his wife they are very good people. He also has a little daughter that he already wont be able to teach how to ride a bike. But that pilot could have taken his life. So not only is he not going to be able to teach things to her that you use your body for but Mr.Lynns ignorance could have taken him completly away from his daughter and his wife who happens to be a nurse so I believe she knows what shes talking about. So thanks and please keep your rude comments to yourself because it could have easily been you on a plain he was flying drunk. So she actually did everyone a favor and that could have also been one of your loved ones.
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Jun 24, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    IT TAKES DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL TO MAKE DIFFERENT PEOPLE DRUNK, BUT LOOK AT IT THIS WAY , IF IT TAKES 10 DRINKS AND YOU HAVE TAKE ONE, YOU ARE ONE TENTH DRUNK. THIS IS COMING FROM SOMEONE THAT USE TO BE A CONSUMER OF THE DEVILS MEDICINE.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Jun 24, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    .007, that is him brushing his teeth and rinsing 30 minutes before his flight. It isn't even a swallow of alcohol, just a rinse could get that. It also could be that the PBT (Portable Breath Test) they used could need to be recalibrated because it states that it's only accurate to .01, which means that this .007 is within the margin of error. It most definitely isn't impairment, which is what he was charged with. The lady who complained that she smelled the alcohol, did you see her in the interviews? She looks like one of those people that thinks everyone is a bad guy and everyone is out to get her. Good rule of thumb, if someone's eyes are really big, there's something wrong with them. Her eyes were HUGE!
  • by j Location: Pike on Jun 24, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    I agree .007 is not much. But it is not very good to smell like you have been drinking when you are going to piolt a plane, like I said I know .007 is not much but it did not look good.
  • by Sean Location: Cincinnati on Jun 22, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    The only thing I can imagine he'd be guilty of is potentially violating the FAA's "8 hours bottle to throttle" regulation. I'd like to hear a statement from the police regarding this issue. In response to C in GA - with all due respect to Mr. DeWitt, I don't think the war in Iraq could be considered a war in which our freedoms are being defended, but that's a debate for another time.
  • by jo Location: eastky on Jun 21, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    where did these police get their training??? can't wait to see how this holds up in court !!
  • by H Location: Ky on Jun 21, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    Yea, k , that is true. But can you tell the difference between the smell of alcohol, and listerine? I think I would. I did not know the legal limit for flying, but does that not say if you drink alot, you should not be a pilot? If he slept on it, it should be out of his system. I think this pilot drinks more than an occasional one. And he does not need to be trusted with our Americans. An old friend of mine died last year b/c his pilot was not prepared. Please be prepared pilots. You are taking these lives into your hands!
  • by c Location: ga on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM
    responding to k in lex comment: The person he was fling fought for your freedoms to write your comments. Having said that, maybe you should go and fly with the drinking pilot if you think that is so nuts.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Jun 21, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    If the pilot can't come to work with no alcohol breath at all then he should not come to work at all. How ridiculus can someone's life be to not even take the courtesy to come to work with fresh breath and a .000 Blood Alcohol level. over 9 hours passed since this guys last drink or so he says. He had to be doing some serious drinking to still blow that 9 hours later. And don't try to defend him cause I know dang well you would not want him flying you somewhere in that condition
  • by police officer Location: not lexington on Jun 21, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    why was he arrested, he blew below the limit and besides that he hadn't operated the vehicle in question. This looks like a good lawsuit to me. Bad decision by officers looking to get some recognition I hope they get some reprimand.
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