MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Authorities have released surveillance video which investigator said shows a Delta pilot later charged with DUI inside the Minneapolis airport.
Gabriel Schroeder, 37, of Rosemont had a blood alcohol level between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent when detectives arrested him on a plane at the Minneapolis airport just as it started boarding for a flight to San Diego on July 20, according to the criminal complaint.
The limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration is 0.04 percent, which is half the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
Schroeder was officially charged at the end of August.
Investigators said he was trying to avoid security minutes before taking off. The video shows him walking up to a screening line with his luggage and then he leaves only to return a few minutes later.
Investigators said he went to a bathroom and threw away a bottle of vodka.
According to the complaint, Schroeder told detectives that he'd had one beer and three vodka drinks the night before. He also admitted discarding an unopened vodka bottle that investigators found in an airport bathroom after he saw that security screening for crews had been stepped up.
Schroder's first court date is Nov. 27. Court records don't list an attorney who could comment for him.
Delta removed Schroder from flying after his arrest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report