Dennis Murphy Jr. has been formally charged with flying an aircraft while drunk. Murphy Jr. failed a post-flight breathalyzer last April. He attempted to blame his failed results on the gum he was chewing.
The pilot blew a .11 blood alcohol content. He was charged with operating the plane while drunk in New York on Wednesday.
Dennis Murphy, Jr. failed the breathalyzer after he flew a plane with 151 passengers from Orlando to New York’s JFK Airport last April, the New York Daily News reports.
He quickly resigned from JetBlue before the company could issue an internal punishment.
Commercial pilots can face federal charges when they have over .10% blood alcohol content.
The FAA prohibits pilots from flying with more than .04% blood alcohol.
Murphy Jr. was released on a $50,000 bond. If found guilty he could face up to 15 years in prison.
After his arrest a co-pilot told authorities Murphy had been drinking an unknown liquid from a cup before and during the flight.