A North Carolina pastor has been charged with assault after urinating on his sleeping seatmate during a Delta redeye flight.
Pastor Confesses After Urinating On Seatmate
The incident took place on a Las Vegas to Detroit flight on October 13th. While the incident has been on my radar for a couple weeks, it was only this week that Daniel Chalmers was identified as the pastor. Chalmers leads Love Wins Ministry in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Alicia Beverly, Chalmers’ seatmate, woke up to find him urinating on her around 2:45am.
She stood up and screamed, yelling, “He peed on me!”
A flight attendant rushed over and asked Chlamers, “What did you do?”
He responded, “I peed on her, I thought I was going to the bathroom.”
An off-duty police officer onboard apparently restrained him.
Beverly later shared:
“I jump up and I seen his private area out and I screamed and that woke everybody up.
“By that time I actually looked at him and I see him shake himself off and I’m like this man just peed on me! I looked and there was a puddle of pee in the seats!”
But by the time the aircraft had landed, Chalmers’ story had changed. He denied the charge and demanded proof (police pointed to his initial statement, other witnesses, Beverly’s wet clothing, and the wet seat…). Police also noted he reeked of alcohol and had “a small, visually apparent wet spot in the groin area of his shorts.”
Yet that didn’t stop him from threatening to sue the Delta captain for defamation charges as he was removed from the aircraft.
Police later found he had a blood alcohol content of .17, twice the legal limit to drive. Chlamers admitted to consuming two drinks prior to boarding.
This week Chlamers’ name was released, which prompted the following statement from him:
“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions on this overnight flight. I took an Ambien for the first time to sleep well on my flight and had a terrible reaction. I am so sorry for how this effected [sic] everyone on this flight and especially one lady passenger in particular. I have reached out and apologized to her as well. I want to please ask everyone for their forgiveness in this. I never intended or wanted for this to happen.”
I don’t doubt it. But actions do have consequences. Ambien and alcohol do not mix.
It may be that Chalmers has no trouble holding two drinks and it was just a freak reaction to the Ambien. Yet his actions discredit his ministry and bring scorn and charges of hypocrisy (I can already predict the comments below) to his faith. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt if he has no prior record, but he owes Beverly far more than an apology. And this incident is a good illustration of why some pastors choose not to drink. It’s not because alcohol is sinful or wrong. Rather, it is because accidents which involve alcohol may render alcohol not worth drinking in the first place and may cause others to stumble. That’s certainly the case here.