The helicopter of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV was packed with four loaded guns, eight dogs and prescription pills when he was stopped from taking off from a parking lot outside St. Louis, according to police and a search warrant application. Police applied for search warrants to obtain blood, urine and other samples.
Officers deferred the investigation to the Federal Aviation Administration, until later that night when a caller said the pilot had returned to the chopper and "appeared too intoxicated to take off".
By the time police got to the strip mall, Busch had already started the engine and was spinning his rotors, about to fly into the sky.
The officer used the emergency lights on the squad auto and the pilot powered down the engine, according to police.
August Busch IV's troubles with the law never seem to end. After a conversation officers administered a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. Busch appeared unable to keep a single train of thought.His speech appeared mumbled and slurred. "I made contact with August Adolphus Busch IV, and I advised August Adolphus Busch IV, and he was free to go". After finding the medication, Busch IV said he was having an anxiety attack, at which time an ambulance was requested.
Busch then told the officer he had a concealed carry permit and a handgun in his front pocket that was "hot", according to Frank, who put the gun inside the helicopter.
Those prescribed to Busch were for a minor tranquilizer marketed under Xanax, the News-Democrat reported, and Clonazepam, which is used to treat panic attacks. Busch's attorney was out of the country and didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
No charges have been filed. However, Busch was held by Swansea police overnight on suspicion of reckless conduct, unlawful use of a weapon and being intoxicated "in or about an aircraft".
'This is not your normal case that a street police officer handles, ' Swansea Police said in a statement to the News-Democrat. Family members are contacting another pilot to remove the helicopter. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says his office is awaiting toxicology results before deciding whether to file charges. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $132.00 target price on shares of Anheuser Busch Inbev NV in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Busch allegedly pulled a licensed handgun but kept it pointed at the ground when confronted by the man. Busch was not charged.
In 2010, he was questioned after his 27-year-old girlfriend was found dead at his home of an overdose. Two years later, Busch paid $1.75 million to settle a wrongful-death civil suit.
In 1983, Busch was involved in a vehicle crash in Arizona that killed his passenger, a 21-year-old woman, according to the News-Democrat.