August Busch IV investigated in office park copter landing
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Anheuser-Busch’s former chief of staff, August Busch IV, was investigated after he appeared “too drunk to take off” hours after a helicopter landed in an office park near Saint-Louis, police.
Swansea, Illinois, the police did not name Busch as the driver, but he identified in the request for a search warrant. St. Clair County State Attorney Brendan Kelly said his office is awaiting toxicology results before deciding whether to file charges.
Busch’s lawyer, Maurice Graham, had left the country on Tuesday and did not immediately respond to the messages for comment.
Busch, 53, was the CEO of St. Louis Beer from 2006 until it was acquired by InBev in 2008. He is the great-great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, founder of Anheuser-Busch.
Swansea police said in a statement that a helicopter landed in an office park near the buildings at 12h48. Monday. The pilot is gone when the agents arrived. No injuries were reported.
A caller at 8:14 pm Monday told police that the driver had returned “and that he appeared too drunk to take off,” the police statement said. An officer found that the “helicopter rotors were turned around and the engine was increased.”
When the officer lights the emergency lights of his car, the driver turned off the engine.
The raid application said a breath test did not indicate alcohol intoxication. But the document said Busch was unable to follow the instructions and acted erratically. His wife told officials that she was off of anxiety medication because of recent fertility treatments.
Agents believed Busch was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to a hospital for further tests.
The app says Busch told the agents that he had hidden a transport license and had a pistol in his pocket, with the prescription drug dexamethasone. Police said the prescription was for his wife.
Officers found three more loaded pistols when looking at the helicopter, as well as several bottles of prescription drugs.
The document says that Busch told the agents at one point that he was about to have a panic attack, and started jumping and running, saying he needed more oxygen to “cope with the anxiety crisis.”
Busch, who holds a commercial pilot’s license, spent the night in jail before being released Tuesday afternoon. The helicopter was still parked in the office complex.
Police Chief Steve Johnson said his office was in communication with the Federal Aviation Administration about the incident.
“This is not the usual case of a police officer on the street manages. The safety and security of the community, the driver and the passenger were of greater concern,” Johnson said in a statement.
Busch was in college in 1983 when he was involved in a car accident in Arizona that killed a 22-year-old woman. He has not been criminally charged.
In 2010, his girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, 27, died of an accidental overdose of drugs in his field on Huntleigh chewing gum in St. Louis County. He paid $ 1.75 million in 2012 to settle a wrongful death claim.