Intoxication Charge Dismissed Against SkyWest Pilot

A criminal charge against a SkyWest Airlines pilot accused of being under the influence of alcohol before a flight at a South Dakota airport has been dismissed.
Pennington County Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Lara Roetzel says Monday the state filed for dismissal because blood drawn from the pilot hours after a preliminary breath test showed no measurable alcohol in his system. The 39-year-old pilot was arrested Oct. 26 at Rapid City Regional Airport after a security worker noticed he smelled like alcohol and notified authorities. The pilot was arrested before passengers had boarded.
Roetzel says that although the breath test showed a level above the legal limit of 0.04 percent, that level had dissipated by the time his blood was drawn four hours later. The breath test results are not admissible in court.