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Sen. Rand Paul's Teen Son Arrested at Airport for Being Drunk, Disorderly

By Dale Eisinger   |   Monday, 07 Jan 2013 09:16 AM

Rand Paul got quite a gift for 50th birthday on Monday: News spreading all over the place that the Kentucky senator’s 19-year-old son was arrested over the weekend for being drunk and disorderly at an airport.

Police told the Charlotte Observer that William Hilton Paul, the grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and charged with consuming beer or wine underage, disorderly conduct, and being intoxicated and disruptive.

Lt. Blake Hollar of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department told the Observer that the younger Paul was intoxicated when his flight from Lexington, Ky., landed at the airport just before 11 a.m. “He was possibly served alcohol on the flight,” Hollar said.

ABC News reported that while in custody the teen identified himself as the Republican senator's son.

Rand Paul’s office issued a statement to ABC on Sunday night asking for understanding.

“Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena," the statement conceded. "However, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this.”

The younger Paul posted a $750 bond on Saturday to be released from Mecklenburg County Jail.

His father, recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was scheduled to travel to Israel Sunday to meet with Israeli officials.

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