- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A lawyer is asking a judge to dismiss a federal charge against a charter airline co-pilot accused of being drunk before a flight in northern Michigan.

WZZM-TV reports (https://on.wzzm.com/2g55KaW ) that defense attorney Larry Willey says in a motion Friday that the plane didn’t leave the Traverse City airport and that Sean Fitzgerald did not operate the aircraft.

Federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids have charged the 35-year-old Fitzgerald of Boca Raton, Florida, with trying to fly while under the influence of alcohol.

Police have said a breath test on Aug. 25 showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, nearly four times the legal limit for driving.

Fitzgerald worked for Talon Air and was preparing to fly to Massachusetts when he was ordered from the cockpit.

His trial is scheduled next month.

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Information from: WZZM-TV, https://www.wzzm13.com


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