Right TFR, Wrong Pilot

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... And we're betting a Kentucky governor would agree that fortunately, they're not shooting ... yet. Police detained (upon landing) Arlington, Texas, pilot Del Hinton, his wife, daughter and a friend for more than an hour on Saturday before Hinton finally convinced them (with a call to Flight Services) his plane couldn't have been the one that violated the TFR over President Bush's Crawford ranch. Authorities swooped down on the family, which was returning from a trip to a Shreveport casino (not that it's anybody's business), as Hinton taxied into his hangar. While they questioned the bewildered (and, we speculate, increasingly unimpressed) Hinton party, the "real" suspect (apparently of similar threat level) drove away. It was easy for Hinton to prove his innocence. "I tried to tell them we had come from Shreveport, but they wouldn't listen. I was on the radar the whole time," Hinton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. When investigators finally allowed him to call Flight Service, the local FSS backed him up. As of early Sunday they still hadn't located the real suspect but police told the Star-Telegram they don't think he busted the TFR intentionally.