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High flyer: Man accused of drinking, buzzing crowd in ultralight

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A 28-year-old Biwabik, Minn., man is accused of flying an ultralight plane Thursday night under the influence of alcohol – and over a music-festival crowd in Stearns County.

The man was arrested on suspicion of drunken flying after he landed at a campground near the music stage at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond, roughly 80 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune reports.

He was being held in the Stearns County Jail, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The pilot “flew over the area a couple of times” in about a 10-minute span and did not come close to hitting any of the festival-goers, event executive director Jed Malischke told the Star Tribune.

Ultralights and alcohol don't mix. Three years ago, a 46-year-old pilot who crashed his ultralight into a central Minnesota lake was arrested on suspicion of flying while intoxicated. A boater pulled the pilot and an adult passenger from the water.

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