Phillippe Patricio Now Faces Charges In Connecticut As
A 20-year old flight student now faces charges in a second
state, after police allege he stole a plane and took two friends on
a drunken joyride.
As ANN reported last month, Phillippe Patricio
already faced charges of possessing stolen property, reckless
endangerment and resisting arrest. Those charges were filed in
Westchester County, New York, where authorities say Patricio landed
on a blacked-out taxiway.
Now, authorities in Connecticut have filed a felony charge of
circumventing airport security, reckless endangerment unlawful use
of an aircraft, operating an aircraft under the influence,
delivering alcohol to a minor (two charges -- his passengers were
both 16, according to police) and careless flying.
Authorities say Patricio admitted to crawling through a hole in
the fence at Danbury, CT, Municipal Airport (aerochart, above) and
stealing a Cessna 172 (file photo of type, below). He flew through
the night, landing on a darkened taxiway at Westchester County
Executive Airport only when his fuel was nearly exhausted. When
police tested him for alcohol consumption, Patricio's blood-alcohol
content was reportedly 0.15 percent -- almost twice the legal limit
for operating a motor vehicle in New York.
He's been held without bond ever since.
But if he were to somehow gain his freedom from New York, the
pilot-wannabe would still be extradited to Connecticut, where he'd
have to post $1 million bond before seeing daylight again.
"These are very serious charges," Danbury Police Captain Arthur
Sullo told the Greenwich Times. "I think the totality of the
circumstances was weighed, plus it's known that in New York they
consider him a flight risk. Connecticut does likewise."
Patricio's lawyers bristled at the amount he'd have to post in
order to make bail.
"I think the bail is excessive," attorney Edwin Camacho told the
Greenwich paper. "I don't really consider what the basis for that
number is, considering that we're mostly talking about
Camacho said they're now working on a plea deal with New York