By Garth O'Brien | August 12, 2008
Filed Under DUI News
Suffolk, Virginia. The Suffolk Peanut Fest is gearing up for their 31st year celebrating peanuts. Last year the festival featured an unorthodox ride; The Drunken Helicopter. Ronald John Davis Jr., 51, offered rides in his helicopter for $10.00. The pilot from Florida was a hit on Friday and Saturday, but things got a little hairy on Sunday.
The ace loaded up his helicopter with children and took to the sky. Authorities became concerned with Ronald’s flying when he hovered a mere 20 feet above motorists. Officers were also distressed watching the chopper race to a steep climb which some claim could have torn the rotors off the aircraft. When police contacted Ronald they quickly detected an odor of intoxicants and requested a breath test. Ronald provided a 0.07 breath alcohol reading. The legal limit is 0.04 for flying in Virginia.
Fast forward nearly a year and Ronald entered a guilty plea to felony child abuse, and a misdemeanor charge of reckless handling of an aircraft. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 13th.