Authorities are alleging that a drunken passenger assaulted Delta Air Line staff and police at Los Angeles International Airport. The passenger was arrested.
Assaulted Airline Staff
After allegedly assaulting airline personnel, Lisa Piasecki, 32, from Irwin, North Carolina, was held at Terminal 6 by three flight crew members. The airport police claim Piasecki was uncooperative and combative. According to investigators she was intoxicated and had to be dragged “kicking and screaming.” Allegedly, she also assaulted an officer.
She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was then arrested on suspicion of battery of a police officer and public drunkenness.
Assault and Battery
Assault is defined as: acting intentionally due to reasonable apprehension of an immediate harmful or offensive contact. Essentially, assault it a threat of violence. A charge of battery means there has been actual contact.
An assault charge can result in a misdemeanor charge and carries penalties of up to six months in a county jail, $1,000 fine, community service, informal probation, and possibly a batterer’s program.
Penalties for being convicted of an assault charge can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. This is dependent on if the assault was done with a deadly weapon. When the conviction is declared a felony, the penalties can range from: four years in a state prison, and up to a $10,000 fine among other penalties.
Source: Fox News, Police: Drunken passenger arrested in assault on flight staff, officer at Los Angeles airport, February 19, 2015
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