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Guns N’ Roses Member Released After Arrest for Airline Incident

August 31, 1989 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) _ The rhythm guitarist for the rock group Guns N’ Roses has been released on $5,000 bail after being arrested for urinating in a jetliner’s galley area, the FBI said.

Izzy Stradlin was arrested Sunday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during a scheduled stop of USAir Flight 350, en route from Indianapolis to Los Angeles.

Geffen Records publicist Bryn Bridenthal said Stradlin was angry at having to wait to use the plane’s restroom and ″relieving himself in the galley was just his way of expressing himself.″

Stradlin, whose real name is Jeffrey Dean Isbell, was arrested and charged by the FBI with interfering with the duties of the plane’s crew - a felony. He spent Sunday night behind bars and was released Tuesday after posting bail.

Bridenthal said the incident capped a bad day for Stradlin.

″He’d been bitten in the face by a dog in Indianapolis and he was still a little bit shocked by that,″ said the publicist for the band’s record label. ″And when he got on the plane, he was bumped from first-class into coach. It was just sort of one bad thing piling up on another.″

In a court statement, FBI agent R. Scott Rivas said Stradlin ″went to use one of the restrooms. When he got to the restroom, it was apparently occupied and he stated, ‘I’m not waiting any ... longer’ and unzipped his pants and urinated in the galley area″ in front of several passengers and a flight attendant.