Son of US Sen. Rand Paul arrested at NC airport

Police arrested William Hilton Paul, 19-year-old son of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, on charges of underage alcohol consumption and disorderly conduct on a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's son was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports 19-year-old William Hilton Paul, the son of the Republican senator from Kentucky and grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol-related offenses.

The newspaper quotes Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Blake Hollar as saying it's possible Paul was served alcohol on the flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte.

When the plane landed shortly before 11 a.m., Paul was charged with consuming alcohol underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.

In a brief statement for the Republican senator from Kentucky, Sen. Paul's office said "as many parents with teenagers would understand," the family requested its privacy be respected "in a situation such as this."

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