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Police charge intoxicated passenger who prompted diverted landing in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Our news partners at AL.com report that a Tennessee man has been charged after police say he caused an unexpected landing in Birmingham Friday night for a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Tampa.

Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said 25-year-old Logan Polley assaulted a flight attendant during the trip. The flight attendant was not injured. Polley was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He has been released from the city jail on bond.

Passengers restrained Polley until the plane landed at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport shortly after 6 p.m. Once the plane landed, Birmingham police officers tried to remove Polley from the plane but he became confrontational and resisted the officers.

Officers were eventually able to remove him from the plane. Shelton said the suspect was highly intoxicated. It wasn’t clear whether the flight attendant would also press charges against the man.

No passengers were injured. The plane resumed it’s travel and landed in Tampa about one hour late.