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(NEWSER) – An Alaska Airlines pilot was too drunk to drive, let alone fly, when he piloted two flights on June 20, 2014, according to federal prosecutors. David Hans Arntson—who was immediately removed from "safety sensitive duties" after flunking a breath test and later retired from the airline—was arrested at his Newport Beach, Calif., home on Wednesday, KOMO reports.

Prosecutors say that after piloting a flight from San Diego to Portland, Ore., and a flight from Portland to Orange County's John Wayne Airport, he was selected for a random drug and alcohol test and was well over the legal limit for alcohol. His co-pilot says that when Arntson saw the Alaska Airlines test technician, he said "I bet it's for me."

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