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Pilot flies Busch’s helicopter out of Swansea parking lot

Helicopter ex-Anheuser-Busch CEO landed in Swansea takes off

An unknown pilot was brought to the Bronze Pointe office park parking lot in Swansea by an SUV with Missouri plates around 10:45 am, performed a brief pre-flight check, then flew out at about 11 am. August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anhe
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An unknown pilot was brought to the Bronze Pointe office park parking lot in Swansea by an SUV with Missouri plates around 10:45 am, performed a brief pre-flight check, then flew out at about 11 am. August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anhe

Two days after August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, landed a helicopter on the parking lot of the Bronze Pointe office park in Swansea, a pilot hopped into the chopper Wednesday morning and took off.

The pilot declined to comment or give his name.

Swansea police prevented Busch, 53, from taking off in the Bell 407 helicopter Monday night. He was held overnight by police and released Tuesday afternoon.

August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, was held in the Swansea Police Department until Tuesday afternoon after a helicopter landed at Bronze Pointe Office Park overnight. Busch is a commercial pilot with certificates in airpla

The helicopter initially landed about 12:48 p.m. Monday, but police responded to the parking lot Monday night because a caller told police that an “intoxicated male was getting into the helicopter and attempting to fly away,” according to a search warrant application.

A judge ordered Busch to give blood, urine or other bodily fluid samples. No charges have been filed as of Wednesday.

Cameron Wiggs, of Belleville, witnessed the helicopter flown by ex-Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV land Monday in Swansea.

When Busch tried to take off Monday night, he had four loaded guns, eight dogs and prescription pills with him. His wife, Dawna M. Wood, was also in the helicopter.

Busch took a portable breathalyzer at the scene, which came back negative for alcohol, according to the search warrant.

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