COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- He's been a US Airways pilot for seven years. But now, the company tells WINK News, Jimmy Carrillo is suspended while they investigate the 35 year old's arrest late Sunday in North Naples.
Deputies said they pulled him over when he didn't stop at a stop bar near the Mercato on US 41. He told them he had just left the entertainment complex after drinking at the Blue Martini. When asked how much he'd consumed, Carrillo allegedly "held up four fingers and said 'two drinks.'"
He also told Deputies it was his second time in Fort Myers and "he wouldn't fly an airplane for the next twelve hours, but for some reason felt he was still capable of driving a car."
WINK News did some research, the Federal Aviation Administration said pilots can't fly within 8 hours of drinking alcohol. WINK News spoke with a pilot at the Naples Municipal Airport, who has his commercial license. He said Carrillo could have put passengers at risk.
"I would say yes, in my opinion flying a very complex high performance air craft within 12 hours of consuming alcohol is very poor judgement."