The niece of fashion
designer Ralph Lauren was arrested on charges of being dangerously
drunk, threatening and verbally abusive behaviour on a New York-bound plane, forcing it
to land in Ireland.
Jewellery designer Jenny Lauren
was arrested Monday after a Delta flight from Barcelona, Spain, made an
unscheduled two-hour stop at Shannon, the major airport in Western Ireland, to
remove her from the plane.
Lauren, 41, swore an oath
on a Bible, then confirmed her name, American nationality and passport details.
She offered no plea to three charges: making threats and abusive comments,
exhibiting drunkenness severe enough to pose a danger to herself and others,
and behaving in an obnoxious and offensive fashion.
The judge, Patrick Durcan,
freed her on bail of 2,500 Euros ($3,400). She was ordered to stay at a hotel
in the town of Shannon, report to its police station, and surrender her
Lauren's New York-based
team of lawyers said she intended to plead guilty to all three counts
at a courthouse in the nearby town of Ennis.
The Irish law governing
"air rage" cases gives wide latitude to the judge to impose sentences
ranging from probation to, in cases of hijacking, life in prison. But court
officials said the typical handling of cases like Lauren's involve imposition
of a cash fine and a suspended sentence.
Lauren covered her face
from photographers and was driven away in a sports utility vehicle with
Makeshift court session
The makeshift court
session was held in a pub in the riverside village of Ballina, County
Tipperary, some 30 kilometres east of the airport.
While western Ireland has
several official court buildings, junior judges often travel roving circuits
and hold weekly hearings in different public houses in outlying villages, to
make it easier for residents of rural areas to attend.
Police officer Yvette Walsh
testified that Lauren told officers as they were explaining the reasons for her
arrest: "Can you say that in English, please?" English is the
universally spoken language in Ireland.
The science of getting drunk
The mean drunk