Chicago-Orange County Plane Passenger Gets Punished For Intoxicated Flight Disruption

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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An intoxicated clothing company creator and actor who disrupted a United Airlines Orange County-bound flight from Chicago in September 2012 must surrender his freedom to federal agents no later than noon on March 3 and begin serving a one-year sentence.

Arash Durrani (a.k.a. "Ahmed Baz Ash" or, simply, "Ash") had faced a maximum potential punishment of 20 years in prison for bizarre conduct during the flight.

According to a federal law enforcement report, he demanded alcohol, wanted to sit in first class on his coach ticket, interrupted the pre-flight safety instruction presentation, grabbed a flight attendant, screamed, paced the aisle, threatened to beat up male passengers and sexually harassed a woman. He was eventually subdued and doctors gave him a sedative. When deputies removed him in handcuffs upon landing, annoyed passengers cheered.

Durrani's lawyers admit their client was "obviously intoxicated" before boarding the plane at O'Hare Airport and that flight attendants, who didn't know he'd mixed his booze with psychiatric medicine, were partially responsible for the incident after serving him at least four more alcoholic beverages.

The defense claims that the defendant has gone sober, cooperates with mental health doctors, secured a writing job at E!, continues to pursue an acting career and, because he's apologetic, deserved a punishment of home detention for time already served.

Assistant United States Attorney Ann Luotto Wolf viewed Durrani's conduct as recklessly threatening to the safety of the flight heading to Orange County's John Wayne Airport and requested a term of two years in prison.

Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana this month, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter decided, however, to hand Durrani a year in custody at a federal, residential re-entry facility in Southern California followed by supervised probation for three years. The defendant must also submit to drug testing and cooperate in psychiatric sessions.

Go HERE to see my colleague Matt Coker's previous coverage of the incident.

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mehungsolow
mehungsolow

" Assistant United States Attorney Ann Luotto Wolf viewed Durrani's conduct as recklessly threatening to the safety of the flight heading to Orange County's John Wayne Airport and requested a term of two years in prison."

I view assistant United States Attorney Ann Luotto Wolf as recklessly threatening rule of law in Amerika by impersonating a prosecutor and recommend a term of 57 life sentences to be served consecutively followed by TARRING and FEATHERING.

mehungsolow
mehungsolow

Punishment for exhibiting bizarre conduct during a flight = 20 years.

Punishment for stealing $3.6 billion from MFGlobal retirees & pensioners = ZERO

Membership has its privileges.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Im glad folds are talking about prohibition in this thread.

Meri Rathbun
Meri Rathbun

Gee, thank the heavens we have Debbie to 'spain things so well.

roman_archer
roman_archer

Wow! A peaceful, friendly, troll free discussion on an OC Weekly blog! Didn't know there was such a thing. Can I hang out with you guys? Ok, my two cents (or pesos to stay in theme): I've always fantasized about a downtown Huntington Beach where all the bars served cannabis instead of alcohol. Think about it. No more drunken brawls a 2:30 am involving 25 people. The surrounding alleys would no longer have standing pools of urine in the morning. No more piles of vomit to dodge on the sidewalk while picking up my Thursday morning Weekly. People would be happy, friendly and HUNGRY! What a boon that would be to the dozens of surrounding eateries and food serving establishments. Well, thanks for letting me share my dream guys! Because that's all it is, and ever will be.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

lmao, google him. If the dictionary had an illustrated reference of "douchebag"adj., he would be it.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

With a name like that I would've thrown his ass off the plane while in mid air.

Lisa Plant
Lisa Plant

"All right, I'm going to level with you all. But what's most important now is that you remain calm. There is no reason to panic." Best movie ever!

Frank Diaz
Frank Diaz

"Get a hold of yourself!" *slap* *slap*

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

A federal, residential re-entry facility in SoCal is equivalent to the day spa.  Easy time. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Maybe we should bring back prohibition on alcohol. It is obviously a dangerous substance that threatens not only the drunkard but those around them. We cannot leave the choice to citizens obviously. I say we bring back prohibition on alcohol. The substance is just too unsafe to allow adults to use without strict medical and law enforcement supervision.

roman_archer
roman_archer

We were inspired by drunkards like "Ash". People ask me why I don't drink alcohol. I tell them it's from living within 3 blocks distance from over 50 establishments that have liquor licenses. I see what booze does to people on a daily basis and it ain't pretty. The old saying "instant asshole, just add alcohol" rings true. You know I was just thinking: I bet regular posters to these blogs, folks like tiscarenomatthew, downtownbrown and itpar, to name a few, l bet ya those type of guys are heavy drinkers. Am I right?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 Kinda headed in that direction with more draconian penalties for dui and such. When I was a teenager they just warned you and let you go if you were driving a little bit drunk. Now think you go to jail and pay fines. With marijuana legalization and more availability less people will drink anyways. 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@paullucas714 

The problem with prohibition is that it drove the market underground...and that was disastrous in its own right. And I would feel hypocritical advocating a nationwide ban of alcohol while advocating the national legalization of marijuana.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@roman_archer

Heavy drinkers and more. Ive been 12 stepping since 1992. My first sponsor was a watch commander at Anaheim PD; A Lieutenant. All the guys you  mentioned above are cops. At that time (1992), they did not have separate and kind of secret groups and meetings for the boys (and girls) in blue. But now they do. And Ive sat quietly and listened to the depravity of my fellow friends of bill who wear the blue. I have come to literally hate cops from those tales and my own first hand experiences with cops.

roman_archer
roman_archer

Ah shucks! See I knew this thread would be a cool place to hang out. And those a-hole right wing racist trolls haven't found us over here either. You know, the ones fueled by ALCOHOL.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@vegandawg23@paullucas714

Not only that, the savings reaped from not having to enforce stupid ass prohibition laws will be in the millions in every State. Additionally, that will force cops to go out and actually work on Real Crimes instead of allowing them to focus on non violent pot smokers who they then extort for fines fees and rehab costs etc.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle@paullucas714

You got it right. but I hope you don't throw away your jury summons when you get them. We need jurors who wont convict cannabis defendants and will convict dirty cops like Ramos and Cicinelli.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle@paullucas714

LOL no Im trying to be nice in saying that you did not pick up on my obvious sarcasm. Prohibition of cannabis is a joke when we allow alcohol to reign free and uninhibited. if this guy took a couple of tokes before his flight he would have possibly napped all the way to the OC instead of being a total drunken dick. But alas, he doesn't even have the option to make a choice. Ding Ding Ding.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@paullucas714@FishWithoutBicycle 

Oh no...you've brought my caffeine addiction to light! ;-) Ah, but if they suddenly made caffeine illegal, a lot of people would instantaneously become criminals...same with the prohibition of other substances, no?

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