Police ID suspect removed from diverted flight

Police ID suspect removed from diverted flight
Source: Margie Gunter/WBRC
Source: Margie Gunter/WBRC

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Police have identified the suspected unruly passenger on a flight diverted to Birmingham Friday evening.

Sgt. Bryan Shelton identified him as 25-year-old Logan Polley from Franklin, TN. He's charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Shelton said Polley has posted bail.

The Southwest Airlines flight was traveling from Nashville to Tampa. It landed in Birmingham at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

A witness saw officials escorting the passenger off the plane and out of the concourse.

Shelton said a flight attendant was assaulted while a man was being disorderly. The flight attendant was not injured.

Shelton said passengers subdued the suspect.

When the plane landed, police say the suspect became confrontational and resisted the officers trying to remove him.

Investigators say the man was highly intoxicated.

No passengers were harmed.

Southwest Airlines released the following statement:

The crew in command of Flight 5024 from Nashville to Tampa diverted to Birmingham due to an unruly passenger. Once safely on the ground, local law enforcement removed the Customer from the aircraft.  The flight has departed Birmingham and will now arrive in Tampa about an hour behind schedule.

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