The son of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was arrested Sunday for drunk and disorderly behavior at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
William Hilton Paul, 19, arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina airport in a drunken state when he exited a U.S. Airways flight from Lexington, Ky., according to a police spokesman.
The teenager was arrested and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail. He was charged with three misdemeanors: underage consumption, disorderly conduct, and being intoxicated and disruptive.
A spokesman for the TSA told Politico that they were not involved with the arrest.
During his booking, Paul told officers he was the son of Senator Rand Paul.
It is believed the young Paul “was possibly served alcohol on the flight,” according to the police spokesman.
He later posted a US$750 bond and was released from Mecklenburg County Jail.
On Sunday evening, Rand Paul’s Communications Director Moira Bagley released a statement to ABC News asking for “privacy and respect” regarding the incident.
“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,” the statement said.
The senator, who was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was scheduled to travel to Israel Sunday evening for meetings with Israeli Officials.
The Senator’s son will be in court on Tuesday January 8th.