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Pilot accused of being drunk at Metro pleads no contest

Associated Press

Romulus — An American Airlines co-pilot who was grounded at Detroit Metro Airport because of excessive alcohol has pleaded no contest.

Defense attorney Frank J. Manley says John Maguire was placed on 12 months of probation Wednesday during an appearance in court in Romulus. He also must go through alcohol treatment and perform 48 hours of community service.

He was charged with operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol.

Maguire of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was removed from a Detroit-to-Philadelphia flight before takeoff on March 26. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Manley says Maguire “accepts responsibility” for what happened and hopes to fly again.