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Prosecutors Want Bond Revoked

July 22, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Prosecutors asked a judge Monday to revoke bond for two America West pilots charged with being drunk when they tried to fly a jetliner, saying they returned to Arizona without the court’s permission.

Assistant State Attorney Ronald Ramsingh said he’s not trying to have the pilots jailed in seeking to revoke their $5,500 bonds, but wants them to ask the court’s permission before leaving Miami-Dade County.

Lawyers for the pilots said they believed their clients had the right to leave the area under their contracts with the bondsman.

Circuit Judge Richard Margolius ordered the pilots, Thomas Porter Cloyd, 44, and co-pilot Christopher Hughes, 41, to appear at an Aug. 1 hearing. They were not in court Monday.

The pilots have pleaded innocent on a felony count of operating an aircraft under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Both pilots had blood-alcohol levels above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08 after they were ordered to return their Phoenix-bound plane carrying 124 passengers to the gate at Miami International airport July 1. The Federal Aviation Administration then revoked their licenses.

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