Spirit flight to Florida diverted to Phoenix due to belligerent passenger

Posted at 10:18 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 10:33:36-04

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Spirit Airlines flight made an emergency stop in Phoenix because of passenger allegedly acting unruly.

Phoenix police say the flight from Los Angeles bound for Fort Lauderdale was diverted late Friday to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Police took 64-year-old Jose De Dios Ucros into custody.

According to witnesses, Ucros seemed impaired and acted strange near an exit door.

They say he was then belligerent and began touching other passengers.

Police say he then escalated to assaulting a crew member. Passengers and crew had to restrain him.

Sgt. Vince Lewis says Ucros was booked into jail Saturday on two counts of assault.

Lewis did not immediately know Ucros' city of residence.

It also wasn't known if he had an attorney.

The other passengers were seated on another flight.