Son of US Sen. Rand Paul arrested at NC airport

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WKYT) - Police say the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina over the weekend.

Police there tell WKYT William Hilton Paul, 19, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with Consumption of Alcohol Underage, Intoxicated & Disruptive, Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Incident Report, William Paul was intoxicated on the flight from Lexington to Charlotte and "was disruptive with the flight attendant and assaulting her".

The 22-year-old flight attendant was not hurt according to police.

A spokesman for US Airways released a statement to WKYT Monday afternoon saying,

"William Hilton Paul slept through drink service and was not served any alcohol on US Airways flight 4033 from Lexington to Charlotte."

Staff at Bluegrass Airport told WKYT they are not involved with the investigation and could not offer any comment.

The senator has remained quiet on his son's arrest.

In a brief statement released Sunday, Sen. Paul's office said "as many parents with teenagers would understand," the family requested their privacy be respected "in a situation such as this."

No additional statements are planned at this time. William Paul is a student at the University of Kentucky, and listed his address in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is scheduled to appear before a North Carolina judge Tuesday afternoon to answer to the charges.

Jonathan Allen, TSA spokesperson said, they only restrict the amount of liquid, not the type – when it comes to carrying it on the plane. As long as it's less than 3.4 ounces.

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