Former Anheuser-Busch CEO had pills, loaded guns in helicopter when police stopped him
By Brian Seay
August Adolphus Busch IV, former Anheuser-Busch chief executive officer, toasting with his favorite beer.
Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV had eight dogs, several prescription drugs, and four loaded guns in his helicopter earlier this week when officers prevented him and his wife from taking off.
It happened in the parking lot of an office building in Swansea, Illinois, on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Someone called police to report that an “intoxicated male was getting into the helicopter and attempting to fly away.” When police arrived, Busch powered down the chopper and spoke with police, according to court documents.
“I observed August Adolphus Busch IV to be unable to keep a single train of thought,” wrote responding officer Jason Frank in a sworn affidavit. “I noticed August Adolphus Busch IV appeared anxious.”
When Busch took a breathalyzer, it came back .000 for alcohol, and police told him he was free to go. But instead of leaving, he started “rambling.”
“Taking the totality of circumstances into consideration, I believed (Busch) could be under the influence of a controlled substance. I advised (Busch) he was no longer allowed to get into his helicopter and fly away,” Frank wrote.
That’s when Busch told the officers that he