SALT LAKE CITY — A JetBlue flight from San Francisco to New York was forced to make an unscheduled stop Thursday in Salt Lake City to drop off an unruly passenger, according to Salt Lake City police.
Once on the ground, Brian D. Regan, 53, continued to disobey authorities, forcing officers to use a Taser to get him to comply with their orders.
Regan was arrested for investigation of intoxication, disorderly conduct, interfering with an arrest and assault on an officer. Late Thursday afternoon, a criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court against Regan for interfering with a flight crew.
According to a Salt Lake County Jail report, passengers on the plane said Regan "appeared intoxicated and was demanding to be served more alcohol" and was "banging" on the TV monitors. When the flight attendant refused to serve Regan more alcohol, he "grabbed her face and called her a (expletive) idiot," the report states.5 comments on this story
The federal complaint states Regan had taken Ambien and consumed alcohol. The flight attendant states that Regan "showed aggression when we cut him off from alcohol," the complaint states. Other passengers helped restrain him, according to court documents.
After landing in Salt Lake City about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, "Regan staggered as he deboarded the aircraft. When officers on scene asked Brian be seated, he became physically combative," according to the report.
After handcuffing Regan, he refused to walk to the patrol car outside, so he was carried by officers, the complaint states. As an officer attempted to secure Regan's seatbelt, he spit in the officer's face, according to the complaint.