Minnesota residents are keenly aware of the various ways a person can be arrested for DWI here in Minnesota- ie., motor vehicle, motorcycle, motorboat, and off-road recreational vehicles (ATVs, motor bikes, and snowmobiles). Oddly, we rarely ever think of flying while intoxicated. This rare event recently occurred in Missouri when a student pilot had to land his plane on I-70 after running out of fuel. He was subsequently arrested for DWI, felony possession of a controlled substance, careless driving, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Because he is a student pilot, he is prohibited from carrying passengers under FAA regulations. The pilot commenced his flight in Florida before running out of fuel over Missouri.
It is also a crime in Minnesota to operate an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DWI charges come with penalties that may change the course of your life. If you are facing DWI charges, it is in your interests to know how to defend yourself and fight for the most beneficial outcome to your case. With the right defense plan, you may be able to avoid a conviction or mitigate some of the penalties you are facing. There is no time to lose to learn about your defense options.