Fla. cargo pilot charged with flying drunk

Published On: Jun 06 2013 03:16:59 PM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -

A private cargo pilot has been charged with flying while drunk after authorities say his blood alcohol was 0.27 percent, well above the .04 percent limit permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Court records allege 28-year-old Phillip Lavoie lost touch with air traffic controllers for an hour while flying from Tampa to North Carolina in December. Air traffic officials also noticed the plane was descending and had slightly veered from its path.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Tyndall Air Force Base dispatched two fighter jets.

A federal flight inspector and police said Lavoie smelled of alcohol and was crying when he landed.

Lavoie was charged Tuesday with operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol.

His attorney Summer Goldman said he has entered a residential treatment program.