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Suspected Drunk Driver Caught Flying a Helicopter

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

OZONA - A suspected drunk driver caught in Ozona, but he wasn't behind the wheel of a car or even a bike. Try a helicopter.

The man behind the wings was 21-year-old Richard Whitesides.

Deputies got word of a helicopter flying too low.

Authorities followed it to where it landed in an open field.

Deputies tell NewsWest 9, Whitesides and his passenger had been drinking.

Both were arrested and charged with flying while intoxicated and public intoxication.

We're told the pair also had guns and open beer cans in the chopper.

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