Milwaukee County Sheriff David A, Clarke Jr. demonstrated once again why he’s an American badass.
Clarke was en route from Milwaukee to Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday when he encountered a drunk and unruly passenger, Preston Blunton, 36.
According to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s office, Blunton was “harassing flight crew and intimidating passengers” when Clarke intervened. The sheriff asked the crew if everything was OK and told the passenger to “chill out.”
At that point he advised a flight attendant to have an officer meet the flight on arrival.
As the aircraft was making its approach, Blunton stood up from his seat and resumed his abusive and intimidating behavior.
After landing, and while the aircraft was taxied to its gate, the statement said:
Sheriff Clarke again got out of his seat and approached the obnoxious passenger who tried to get up. Clarke ordered him to sit down and when he refused, Clarke shoved the unruly passenger face down and pinned him against the seat and held him there until the flight arrived at the gate. The sheriff watched the rest of the cabin, concerned that this may be a distraction for something else.
When a police officer boarded to take over, Clarke said he asked for her handcuffs, secured Blunton’s wrists behind his back and handed him over to local authorities.
Sheriff Clarke wrote of the incident on Patheos, explaining that he was not at first singled out by the drunk man.
Had he come at me with that, I would’ve just kicked his ass. However, I had to act when we were trying to touch down and he ran down the aisle.
When the plane landed, I held the guy down, while Charlotte police officer came on board and handcuffed him. This is when he started yelling racial slurs at me.
According the Daily Mail, the racial slurs could have been due to Clarke’s conservative and pro-Trump stance. The unruly passenger, who may have recognized Clarke, accused him of not being “one of us,” the Mail reported.
Clarke’s fellow passengers were impressed to say the least.
“In all my years flying, I’ve never seen anything like it,” one passenger said. Another said Clarke should be promoted to head the FBI.
Blunton was released from the Mecklenburg County jail Sunday evening, and has a court appearance scheduled for Friday, October 28.
Clarke had nothing but good words for the airport police who met the flight, but he nonetheless said that there should be changes in the law.
He “believes that these incidents should be charged as federal statute violations, and reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office to send a message of deterrence to passengers about interfering with flight crews and intimidating passengers,” the statement said.
He also indicated his disappointment that there was no federal air marshal on board to take control of the situation, leaving it up to passengers and flight crew.
After writing of the incident, Clarke tweeted:
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) September 26, 2016
There was lots of chatter on social media following the incident, but Florida Watchdog reporter William Patrick summed it up best:
Doesn’t matter what your politics are, this guy is a straight-up bada–. https://t.co/vPSNfUog4F
— William Patrick (@WmPatFL) September 27, 2016
And then there was this:
Can we please just clone this awesome man?
Sheriff Clarke wrangles obnoxious drunk on flight to Charlotte https://t.co/RG9ctOUmRa
— Suzanne Allard (@suzallard) September 26, 2016
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