ROCK GUITAR PLAYER FREED ON BAIL AFTER INCIDENT ON JETLINER
ARIZONA DAILY STAR; AUG. 31, 1989
The rhythm guitarist for the rock group Guns N' Roses has been released on $5,000 bail after being arrested for urinating in the galley area of an airborne jetliner, the FBI said.
Izzy Stradlin was arrested Sunday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during a scheduled stop of USAir Flight 350, which was en route from Indianapolis to Los Angeles.
Bryn Bridenthal, a publicist for Geffen Records, said Stradlin was angry at having to wait to use the plane's restroom and "relieving himself in the galley was just his way of expressing himself."
Stradlin, whose real name is Jeffrey Dean Isbell, was arrested and charged by the FBI with interfering with the duties of the plane's crew - a felony. He spent Sunday night in Maricopa County Jail and was released Tuesday after posting $5,000 cash bond to U.S. Magistrate Michael Mignella.
Bridenthal said the incident capped a bad day for Stradlin.
"He'd been bitten in the face by a dog in Indianapolis and he was still a little bit shocked by that," the publicist said.
"And when he got on the plane, he was bumped from first class into coach. It was just sort of one bad thing piling up on another."
FBI agent R. Scott Rivas said Stradlin repeatedly cursed a flight attendant who told him four times that he could not smoke in the no-smoking section of the aircraft.
After switching seats to the smoking area, Stradlin "went to use one of the restrooms," Rivas said in a court statement. "When he got to the restroom, it was apparently occupied and he stated, 'I'm not waiting any ... longer.'"