The son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, and the grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Police said William Hilton Paul, 19, was traveling early Saturday from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte.
When the plane landed about 10:49 a.m., Paul was charged with consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.
“He was possibly served alcohol on the flight,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Blake Hollar said.
Rand Paul’s office issued a brief statement: “Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena. However, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this.”
Really? He's legally over 18 and doing a drunk and disorderly in an airport at ten in the morning. That's 60 to 120 days in jail and a suspended license for a year on just the underage charge, plus the D&D. Now, nobody expects a US senator's son to end up in the Mecklenburg County jail for two months, but you know, isn't that a states' rights issue, as both Rand and Ron Paul have said?
Should get interesting if the charges aren't dismissed outright. He's still the son of a senator. Not exactly subject to the laws their parents write, you know.