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Latino Daily News

Monday October 31, 2011

LATINO BLOTTER: Too Drunk to Fly. Airline Passenger Lands Himself in Jail After Hitting Officers

LATINO BLOTTER: Too Drunk to Fly. Airline Passenger Lands Himself in Jail After Hitting Officers

Photo: Laurence Peña hit officers after being told he was too drunk to fly

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A New Mexico man was allegedly too drunk to board a flight to Portland. He claims he only hit an officer in the face because he was upset about having to leave his luggage at the airport.

Laurence Peña would never make his flight over weekend, though he would land himself a luxurious trip to jail, courtesy of the Albuquerque Aviation Police.

Saturday, a TSA agent alerted an officer to Peña’s condition, as he seemed quite intoxicated.

When the officer arrived at Peña’s location and verified that he was indeed drunk, he left it up to Southwest Airlines to decide if they wanted him on the plane. When he was asked to sober up and come back later, Peña grew both verbally and physically abusive.

When officers tried to detain him, he literally went kicking and screaming. While in handcuffs, Peña managed to hit one officer in the face, and cut the hand of another.

Sunday, Peña told a judge he grew upset with the officers because he was “already at the airport and had checked my bags.”

The judge said he will allow Peña to go back to the airport to retrieve his belongings after he posts bail.

The Albuquerque Aviation Police Chief Marshall Katz told local ABC affiliate KOAT, ‘The best advice in the world is the free advice. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t come to an airport drunk. it’s just a bad idea.’

In the end, Peña was charged with battery on a peace officer.