Court date set for co-pilot suspected of being drunk

Associated Press

Romulus — Authorities say a 50-year-old American Airlines co-pilot grounded on suspicion of drunkenness at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport heads to court next month.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tuesday that John Maguire will be arraigned and have a pre-trial hearing May 11 in Romulus, where the airport is located. He’s been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol stemming from the March 26 incident.

Maguire of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was removed from the Detroit-to-Philadelphia flight before takeoff. Authorities say he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.

Defense attorney Frank Manley says he’s taking the case “very seriously” and doing “everything necessary to protect the public and Capt. Maguire.” Manley adds his client “has an outstanding record as a professional pilot.”