Tommy Lee's chopper forced to land...

Tommy Lee and the helicoptor he was travelling in was forced to land at Van Nuys Airport yesterday (Sunday 1 February) reports Los Angeles news site Police said the helicoptor flew too close to an LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) chopper over Glendale at around 10:45 a.m.

The pilot apparently told police after landing that he had been drinking. He was taken to the LAPD's Van Nuys Station and later released. He apparently was not booked for a crime pending the outcome of an intoxication test.

"The pilot was flying rather erratically, and he did get too close to one of our helicopters" said LAPD Officer Karen Smith. "The tower over the area was concerned about his flying too."

Lee, who had been in the chopper, was let go. "Tommy Lee was a passenger aboard the helicopter, but he had nothing to do with the situation; so he was just released," Smith said.

Chris Barnes

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