Dear Officer, We're Sorry. You're Too Drunk to Fly Today

An off-duty Sarasota Police Department officer was arrested Friday evening at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport for allegedly pushing a flight attendant, battering his own son and refusing to leave the airport after he was told he was too drunk to fly.

Derrick Gilbert, 51, was trying to fly to Greensboro, N.C., with his son, Tai, 18, on Allegiant Airlines Flight 834, according to a release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. When Gilbert boarded his flight, he was slurring his words, his eyes were glassy and he seemed “confused,” deputies said. He appeared to be too drunk to find his seat, deputies said.

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