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US Airways CEO Arrested on DUI Charge

Doug Parker was arrested hours after the bid for Delta fell apart.

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Chief Executive Doug Parker was arrested on a charge of drunken driving late last month, just hours after the carrier's $10 billion bid to take over rival



fell through.

Police said that Parker, 45, was pulled over at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 31 after leaving a party at the FBR Open golf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., the

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reported. Parker was reportedly stopped for speeding.

According to a police report, Parker told police he had three beers during a two-hour period. After taking roadside sobriety tests he was arrested, and blood was drawn for an alcohol-level test. Test results showed that Parker's blood alcoholcontent was 0.096, the

Arizona Republic

said Friday. The legal limit to drive in Arizona is 0.08.

In a letter to US Airways employees, Parker wrote that he was driving two friends home from the golf tournament when he was pulled over. "You need to know how embarrassed and sorry I am about this," he wrote. "I have let down all of you and also my family, and that is something I will have to live with irrespective of the outcome."

US Airways mounted its hostile bid for bankrupt Delta on Nov. 15. The merger, which would have created the world's biggest airline, was strongly opposed by Delta management. Parker's intense 2½-month pursuit included efforts to convince Delta's creditors, members of Congress, analysts, employees and reporters of its benefits. But creditors turned their thumbs down.

On a conference call the day before the creditors' decision, Parker seemed resigned to the outcome. "We're not going to keep chasing this thing," he said, noting that he would be perfectly happy to return to running US Airways as it's now constructed if the deal failed.