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Tommy Lee's Chopper Pilot Charged

7/31/2006 5:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tommy Lee must really hate traffic: The pilot of a helicopter that Lee had ferry him from his Hollywood Hills home to a concert in Irvine, Calif. was charged today by the Los Angeles City Attorney with landing an aircraft on a public road, and two other charges besides.

On July 7, the Air Support Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of a helicopter hovering above a residence in the Hollywood Hills. The officers tried to contact the helicopter pilot David Keith Martz, 49, but the helicopter landed on a public street and the pilot entered a residence. Mötley Crüe drummer Lee was seen coming out with two other passengers and the aircraft departed to the southeast to take them to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, where Nine Inch Nails were performing, and returned two hours later.

LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo charged Martz with one count of reckless operation of an aircraft, one count of landing an aircraft on a public road, and one count of landing an aircraft without a permit. It is illegal in California to land a helicopter on the street. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

This isn't the first time Lee has been associated with chopper trouble: In 2004, when Mötley Crüe resurrected the band for a concert at the Hollywood Palladium, they wanted to arrive in a helicopter but, according to Lee, the fire marshall balked -- so they showed up in a hearse instead.

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slaytez    

come on people, this was a nine inch nails concert. he had to get there by any means necessary!

2913 days ago
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AMY BLUE    

The pilot is an idiot!!! Without even knowing who the pilot was, I would have guessed that it was DAve Martz...
This is typical of things he has done in the past and gotten away with.
Maybe this time he will have to pay.. hopefully loose his license seeing how he has no respect for the laws and feels he can buy his way out of trouble.
He has skated one too many times. He should do jail time and pay the fine!!!

2913 days ago
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AB    

I know the pilot...This isn't the first time he's given the finger to Johnny Law. I can recall numerous events over the past 15 years that have contributed to his demise. The only thing he's got going for him is a smokin' hot ex-wife. Luv ya Kitty.

2913 days ago
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