Alleged Intoxicated Pilot Lands Plane on I-70
A pilot was arrested after landing his plane on I-70 early Friday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35-year-old John T. Seesing of Prairie Village, Kansas, was arrested around 3 a.m., after making an emergency landing at Mile Marker 26, east of Grain Valley.
Somehow, Seesing was able to avoid contact with any vehicles on the highway and suffered only minor injuries. However, the plane did strike a guardrail. Seesing was the only person on board.
The Patrol said the pilot radioed for an emergency landing after running out of fuel. He was found by the Patrol to be intoxicated and arrested. Authorities said they suspect intoxication by a combination of alcohol and drugs.
Seesing was charged with DWI, C & I involving a crash, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of less then 10 grams of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked and released from the Jackson County Jail.
The FAA will be investigating the incident.
The plane was towed from the scene around 5:30 a.m.
Casenet indicates that Seesing had a hold placed on his driver's license in 2017 that was never lifted. He also had a speeding ticket that same year that was never paid out of Howell County on 8-31-17.