Ex-Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter drunk

Don’t drink and fly.

August Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch was detained in Illinois after police said he tried to fly his helicopter while intoxicated, KSDK reported. A search of the chopper in question turned up multiple firearms and multiple prescription drugs — some of which were for fertility, according to the news station.

Members of the Swansea community were shocked when a helicopter made an unexpected landing in the area Monday afternoon, touching down in the lot outside Bronze Pointe Park around 1 p.m., according to a Swansea Department press release. They immediately notified the FAA and later received a tip that the pilot had returned to the aircraft.

Officers arrived back on the scene just after 8 p.m. The blades of the helicopter were already spinning to life while investigators questioned the pilot — later identified as Busch in court documents. He underwent a series of sobriety tests both at the scene and the hospital, and was released from police custody around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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The 53-year-old ex-brewing company executive, who boasts several commercial pilot certifications, allegedly spent the night at the Swansea Police Department, the Belleville Democrat-News reported.

No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed as investigators await the sobriety test results.

Busch IV, the great-great grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, was the last of his family to helm the company, which was purchased in a hostile take-over in 2008 by Belgium based brewing company, InBev.

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