David Clarke Jr. has earned a national reputation as a tough law-and-order sheriff.
He appears to have cemented that reputation Saturday after he says he personally handcuffed a belligerent passenger on a truly awful flight.
The Milwaukee County sheriff tells Wisconsin Watchdog he grew tired of an intoxicated and abusive passenger and took matters into his own hands during the two-hour flight from Milwaukee to Charlotte, N.C.
Preston Bluntson, 36, of Milwaukee, was arrested and booked by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department around 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time, shortly after the small plane touched down, police told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Contrary to the story, Clarke said Preston did not “berate” him throughout the flight.
“It wasn’t toward me, he was harassing other passengers and flight crew the entire 2 hour flight,” Clarke wrote in an email to Wisconsin Watchdog Sunday. “If it had been directed at me I would have kicked his ass.”