Sen. Rand Paul's Son Arrested at N.C. Airport

Jan 7, 2013

William Hilton Paul

Police say 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports he was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol related offenses.

The newspaper quotes Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Lieutenant Blake Hollar as saying it's possible Paul was served alcohol on the flight from Lexington, KY to Charlotte. When the plane landed shortly after 11:00 a.m., the son of the Republican Kentucky Senator and grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul was charged with consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.

In a brief written statement, Senator Paul's office said "as many parents with teenagers would understand," the family is requesting their privacy be respected "in a situation such as this."