US Airways denies serving alcohol to Sen. Rand Paul's son

earriero@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 7, 2013 

William Hilton Paul. Photo from January 2013.

US Airways denied serving alcohol to the 19-year-old son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul.

William Hilton Paul, of Bowling Green, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

Police said William Paul, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was traveling early Saturday from Lexington to Charlotte.

When the plane landed about 10:49 a.m., Paul was charged with consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Blake Hollar said the teen was possibly served alcohol on the plane, but a US Airways spokesman said Monday that wasn't the case.

"It is important to note that William Hilton Paul was not served alcohol onboard his US Airways flight from Lexington to Charlotte this past Saturday," said Todd Lehmacher, via email.

Paul was booked into the county jail about 8:45 p.m. Saturday and released about 2 1/2 hours later under $750 bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

His first court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Blue Grass Airport in Lexington said police have not contacted the airport regarding William Paul and his activities before boarding the US Airways flight to Charlotte.

"We didn't have any involvement with it at all," said spokeswoman Louise Bowden.

Rand Paul's office issued a brief statement: "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."

Charlotte Observer staff writer Ely Portillo contributed to this story.

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