Drunk passenger removed from flight

Police met a Horizon Air flight from Seattle at the Medford airport Saturday after an apparently intoxicated Central Point woman caused disturbances throughout an evening flight.

Officers were called to assist flight attendants with an intoxicated woman at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

The airplane did not taxi to the terminal until police had arrived and boarded the plane, he said.

Melisa Lynn Levario, 32, of Central Point, used her cellphone during the flight, refusing to turn it off, he said. Flight attendants reported that she had bothered the passengers around her, yelling and screaming profanities. As flight crews prepared for landing, she refused to put her tray in the upright position and became nonresponsive, resting her head on the tray table, Budreau said.

"The officer approached her on the plane and observed that she was heavily intoxicated," Budreau said. "She then began yelling and screaming and he placed her into protective custody, as she was too intoxicated to care for herself."

Levario was handcuffed without incident, but then became violent, kicking one officer in the chest and spitting on two other officers, Budreau said. Three policemen had to escort Levario through the airport to take her to the Jackson County Jail, where she was booked and later released, he said.

"Had she caused injury to the officer, it would have been mandatory jail time of seven days," said Budreau.

Levario faces charges of attempted assault on a police officer, two counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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