August Busch IV blood tests from chopper landing are clean
August Busch IV (R) and and scene of the helicopter landing in Swansea (L) (AP Photo)
SWANSEA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- August Busch IV had no drugs or alcohol in his blood system when he landed his helicopter in a Swansea business parking lot in July, tests show.
Brendan Kelly, St. Clair County States Attorney, confirmed the results to KMOV Wednesday afternoon.
"The Swansea Police Department submitted their case for review to the State’s Attorney’s Office," Kelly said in a statement to News 4. "The case has been taken under advisement and we have asked (police) to seek additional information related to the process that is ongoing with the" Federal Aviation Administration.
Busch IV was arrested on July 10 by Swansea police on suspicion of reckless conduct. He consented to a breathalyzer at the time, and blew a .000, according to police. Lab work was done to test for the presence of drugs in his system.
Busch IV later consented to a search of his helicopter, during which police found a Kimber Lifeact Jet Protector JPS, Ruger LCR 22 LR Revolver containing a live round in each cylinder, a Ruger SP1-1 .357 Magnum revolver and a Glock 33 Austria .357, according to the court documents. The warrant also states prescription bottles of Alprazolam and Clonazepam with Buch IV’s name were found along with various prescriptions for Woods, which she said was to assist with fertility.
Busch IV then agreed to undergo a second set of testing administered by another officer. During the testing, Busch IV showed a medical card and “had difficulty placing cards back in his wallet,” the court documents stated. The officer also stated Busch IV’s “speech was very mumbled and slurred” and he “lost focus on the stimulus multiple times.” During his second walk and turn, Busch IV "took 12 steps instead of the instructed nine" and also did "not turn around as instructed," the officer reported.
Busch was taken into custody and the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a search warrant for the blood, urine, breath and other bodily substances of the pilot. He has not been formally charged but the court documents state “there is probable cause to believe that the listed items to be seized are necessary to assist in the forensic testing of the evidence collected in the investigation and prosecution of August Adolphus Busch IV for the offense of reckless conduct, unlawful use of a weapon and intoxicated persons in or about an aircraft.”
“We have been in close communications and coordination with the FAA and the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office,” said Swansea Police Chief Steve Johnson at the time of arrest. “This is not your normal case that a street police officer handles. The safety and security of the community, the pilot and passenger were of the utmost concern.”