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Federal prosecutors say Paul Robbin Roessler, a commercial pilot, was drunk when he landed a twin-engine PA-34 aircraft at Spokane International Airport on April 26.

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Paul Roessler, Pilot from Federal Way, Allegedly Flew Drunk from Seattle to Spokane

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Federal prosecutors say Paul Robbin Roessler, a commercial pilot, was drunk when he landed a twin-engine PA-34 aircraft at Spokane International Airport on April 26.

Flying the airplane for Airpac Airlines, Inc., which a federal grand jury indictment filed June 5 describes as "a contract cargo operator in Seattle," Roessler allegedly flew the plane from Seattle's Boeing Field to Spokane, intoxicated and thus all in violation of federal law.

For those out there who might think flying drunk is a laughing matter, it's not - especially in the eyes of the law. Because of his alleged flying and imbibing, Roessler faces a charge of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol, a serious infraction that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars.

The Spokesman Review reported on its "Sirens & Gavels" crime blog earlier this week that federal aviation records indicate Roessler, from Federal Way, was a certified commercial pilot and flight instructor at one point, but his certificates are no longer active.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane declined to comment on Roesler's situation, calling it "an ongoing case." Court documents fail to list legal representation for Roessler at this time.

Roessler is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Spokane on June 29.

Find the indictment against Roessler on the next page ...

Roessler Indictment

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