Thu, Feb 05, 2004
Grand Jury To Consider Charges Against Airline Pilot
A criminal trial is
possible for an airline pilot charged with attempting to fly a
Boeing 747 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol in
A Loudoun County (VA) grand jury will decide whether Richard
George Harwell goes to trial in connection with the incident at the
Washington Dulles Airport. Harwell appeared before a judge in
Leesburg Monday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
Security screeners reportedly smelled alcohol on Harwell's
breath as he prepared to fly a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for
London with 400 passengers aboard.
He now faces state charges that carry penalties of up to five
years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The Loudoun County grand jury
meets on March 8 and the prosecutor in the case says the panel will
decide whether there is substantial cause to proceed
Virgin Atlantic suspended Harwell from flight operations after
the incident and has declined to comment on the case.
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