August Adolphus Busch IV was held overnight in Swansea, Mass overnight after he left his helicopter on the roof of an office building. When he returned, police would not let him take off because they claimed he was already flying like a kite. Or maybe he was just Busched.
August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, was held in the Swansea Police Department until Tuesday afternoon after a helicopter landed in a business park Monday. They say the he was intoxicated and they prevented the helicopter from taking off.
Swansea Police say they found the helicopter in the parking lot of the Bronze Pointe Office Park Monday at around 12:45pm. They were concerned about the helicopter taking off because of obstacles in the area. They contacted the FAA about the situation.
A caller told Swansea police that Busch was returning to the helicopter at around 8:15pm and appeared to be too intoxicated to take off. The helicopter’s rotors and were spinning and the engine was revving up when police arrived on the scene. The officer turned on the emergency lights on the squad car and the pilot powered down the engine.
A second Swansea Police vehicle arrived on the scene. After a conversation officers administered a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. He appeared unable to keep a single train of thought. But he blew a 000 on a breathalyzer test.
Police conducted more tests. Information from a search warrant says that Busch was unable to follow directions. His wife, Dawna Wood, told officers that he has anxiety issues and is off of his medication because of recent fertility treatments. Officers told Busch that he was free to go but they say he kept rambling about unrelated topics.
The search warrant states that officers believe that Busch was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was told that he was not allowed to get into the helicopter and fly way.
Busch was taken to the hospital to submit blood, urine, breath for testing.