Says Pilot Wasn't Drinking While Flying
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee spoke out recently against
allegations David Martz, his friend and frequently his helicopter
flew erratically and under the influence of alcohol in an
incident two weeks ago.
"There was nothing scary about it. Motley Crue did a show in
Palm Springs, out in the desert, and we were flying the helicopter
back. This house was on fire about 30 minutes outside of Van Nuys
airport, where we were going to land," Lee told
"So there was this house on fire, you could see all this smoke
coming up. And I said, 'Let's go over there and check it out.' We
flew close to the house to check it out, and apparently we got into
the police's airspace. But we were so far away from them. I still
don't understand. Like, there was no way we (were) that close."
Lee insists his pilot wasn't drinking while flying. "We were on
the ground, and I had in my backpack a bottle of vodka mixed with
lemonade. As soon as we landed my pilot, Dave, said, 'Hey! Where's
that vodka?' I grabbed it, and he takes two big giant sips straight
out of the vodka bottle.
"Right when he was drinking it the (LAPD) cops walked out and
said, 'Who's the pilot of that helicopter?' And he's like, 'That
would be me.' So they thought he was drinking. But he doesn't drink
and fly - ever. That's stupid. So that's what the whole deal was.
They gave him a sobriety test and all that. He's like, 'Guys, I
just had two shots of vodka after we landed, now it's a little late
to be testing me, do you know what I mean?' So that was it. No big
The FAA is investigating this incident...
as well as a lewd videotape made during a 2007 flight by
Martz, with passenger adult film actress Puma