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Pilot Hit the Bottle After Flying with Tommy Lee

2/2/2009 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Turns out the helicopter pilot who allegedly flew Tommy Lee dangerously close to an LAPD chopper yesterday had a "celebration drink" with T.L. after landing. What's more, he has a history of wild flying... and Tommy Lee has a history of being his passenger!

Tommy Lee

Pilot David Martz was actually charged with reckless operation of an aircraft in 2006 after landing his bird in a residential neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. The pilot picked up Tommy Lee and two other passengers and they went to a Nine Inch Nails concert in Orange County.

As we first reported, the LAPD forced a chopper to land at the Van Nuys Airport yesterday after it flew under and too close to an LAPD helicopter. Pilot Martz was flying Tommy Lee around. We're told after the chopper landed, Tommy Lee disappeared and by the time cops got to the airport to interview the pilot, he had been drinking vodka. We're told LAPD took Martz to the cop shop for a blood alcohol test, which proved inconclusive.

Check out this photo the pilot gave us yesterday, showing him and Tommy Lee cruising back from Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, shortly before they were ordered to land. Martz says when they landed he and Tommy had a "celebration drink." Martz says when he was taken to the station for a breathalyzer, he blew a .01 and a .02. Martz gave us a copy of the breathalyzer receipt.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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99centz    

FIRST AGAIN MY NACHOSHEADS!

2036 days ago
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BETTYB    

This is so outrageous! It makes me furious that these two would endanger others by drinking and flying. Someone needs to do SOMETHING to prevent a reoccurence!

2036 days ago
3.

fo real    

TOMMY LEE IS A LOSER. HE ALWAYS TRIES TO TALK GHETTO AND HES NOT. HES CORNY. HE TRIES WAY TOO HARD.

2036 days ago
4.

Jon    

This bozo pilot should loose his cert ASAP. Idiot is obviously star-struck and he makes all professional aviators look bad. Wonder who owns the bird he was flying? Dirtbag should be banned from all FBO's.

2036 days ago
5.

StarrStruck    

Tommy doesn't see smart enough to operate an aircraft.

2036 days ago
6.

Whadda-Do    

Tommy is the ADHD poster child.

2036 days ago
7.

mary    

when a drunk driver has an accident and drives away, many will go get some thing to drink so they can say they drank after not before the accident. That was a plot in a tv show.

2036 days ago
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99centz    

im so darn fast,im just sitting here admiring my work boo yaa

2036 days ago
9.

Q    

We have 2 kinds of pilots----the Sully kind that are heroes and dedicated to their craft and the safety of those they fly and those of us who live under them when they fly...and then this type of dirt bag pilot---not a care in the world for his passenger, his own safety and ultimately ours.

The FAA better be investigating and do the right thing here. How may other dirt bags like this one are buzzing around with other celebs getting their high and buzz on while up there.

TL is an absolute Zero as a husband, father, and now as a flying passenger.

2036 days ago
10.

inspired    

tommy lee looks more like amy whinehouse's grandma these days, the pilot looks stoned like that dude from kenya

2036 days ago
11.

PR    

Good thing it wasn't Michael Phelps operating that helicopter...

2036 days ago
12.

Milk Dudd    

i say let them fly around and do whatever they're not hurting anyone. the rockstar is a dying breed!

2036 days ago
13.

jrad247    

C'mon what the hell is everyone trippen about here?

How much more rockstar can you get ?? I wanna fly to Palm Spings instead of driving! I wanna fly in to see a concert instead of waiting with the other shmucks in a long ass line to get off the freeway!

The pilot wasn't hammered - He blew a .01 / .02

Rock on T Lee

2036 days ago
14.

Julie    

Ahhhhhh...Dave again! This pilot is scary. Heard he blew the chimmy off his own house in LJ flying too close. He hasn't hurt anyone yet, but it's just a matter of time. Not sure who Tommy is but it sounds like they're two of a kind! Where's the FAA when you need them.

2036 days ago
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Mikeski    

I just want to know under what law the LAPD is able to force another aircraft to do anything? I think the LAPD was out of bounds on this. As far as I know the ONLY people that enforce flying rules/laws are the FAA. I'm not defending the pilot or Tommy, just seems to me that the LAPD shouldn't be doing this UNLESS they were directed to do so by ATC (Air Traffic Control). As far as I know all the LAPD should have done was file a complaint with the FAA.

2036 days ago
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