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A former pilot for Alaska Airlines has been charged with flying a passenger plane under the influence of alcohol.

According to prosecutors, 60-year-old David Arnston tested positive in two random drug and alcohol tests done by his employer back in 2014.

In those tests, Arnston was reportedly found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.134 percent and 0.142 percent. The legal limit for anyone operating a commercial airliner is 0.10 percent.

Arnston is said to have piloted two flights in and out of California just beforehand.

U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker issued the following statement in light of the arrest:

“Those in command of passenger jets, or any other form of public transportation, have an obligation to serve the public in the safest and most responsible way possible.

We cannot and will not tolerate those who violate the trust of their passengers by endangering lives.”

Arnston, who has denied the allegations, could face up to 15 years behind bars if convicted.

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