Lee's Chopper Pilot Charged
Rocker Tommy Lee's helicopter pilot was charged on Monday (31JUL06) with landing an aircraft on a public road after ferrying the Motley Crue drummer from his Hollywood home to a concert in nearby Irvine, California. On 7 July (06), the Air Support Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of a helicopter hovering above a residence in the Hollywood Hills. The officers tried to contact the pilot, 49-year-old DAVID KEITH MARTZ, but the helicopter landed on a public street and the pilot entered a residence. According to entertainment website TMZ.com, Lee was seen coming out of the home with two other passengers and the aircraft departed. Los Angeles City Attorney ROCKY DELGADILLO charged Martz with one count of reckless operation of an aircraft, one count of landing an aircraft on a public road and one count of landing an aircraft without a permit. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1000 (GBP555) fine.