Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Brereton, 39, has been arrested in London after being accused of entering a flight while intoxicated and engaging in inappropriate behavior during a journey from New York to London. The incident occurred on Tuesday, and Brereton was subsequently detained on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, upon landing at Heathrow Airport.
|December 5, 2023
|Brereton and another marshal board Delta Flight 1 from JFK to Heathrow for a U.S. extradition mission.
|December 6, 2023
|Female passenger reports inappropriate touching, leading to Brereton’s arrest upon landing at Heathrow.
|December 7, 2023
|Brereton charged with entering the aircraft while drunk; no further action on sexual assault allegation.
|December 8, 2023
|Brereton scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court; second marshal released and sent back to the U.S.
The charges against Brereton include entering the aircraft while drunk, as confirmed by Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson Josh Coupe. Initial reports also suggested allegations of sexual assault, but authorities have stated that no further action will be taken on this specific accusation.
According to sources, Brereton and another U.S. Marshal were on duty, flying from JFK to Heathrow to extradite a U.S. criminal. Trouble arose when a female passenger complained to the flight crew about inappropriate touching, leading to the involvement of local law enforcement upon landing.
Unruly Behavior on Delta Flight 1
Delta Air Lines confirmed reports of “unruly passenger behavior” on the flight. The airline stated that the plane was met by local law enforcement upon landing, and they are fully cooperating with the investigation.
The two marshals were reported to have been consuming alcohol during the flight, a factor that likely contributed to the alleged misconduct. A statement from the U.S. Marshals Service acknowledged that one officer “exhibited inappropriate behavior while intoxicated on an inbound flight.” The second marshal accompanying Brereton was briefly detained before being sent back to the U.S.
Brereton is scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, December 8, 2023. Although he has been released, he cannot leave the country until the court hearing. The U.S. Marshals Service emphasized that they take allegations of misconduct seriously and are cooperating with relevant agencies on the investigation.
Public and Official Responses
Delta’s cooperation with the investigation and the prompt involvement of law enforcement reflect the severity of the incident. The U.S. Marshals Service, in a statement to USA TODAY, asserted that the alleged actions of the officers do not reflect the professionalism and core values of the organization.
As news of the incident spread, reactions ranged from shock to disappointment, given the responsibilities entrusted to law enforcement officers. The incident also prompted discussions about the conduct of officials while on duty, especially in critical situations such as international extraditions.
Brereton was arrested on charges of entering an aircraft while drunk and engaging in inappropriate behavior during a flight from New York to London.
Brereton faces charges of entering the aircraft while intoxicated. Initial reports suggested allegations of sexual assault, but authorities have stated that there will be no further action on this specific accusation.
The U.S. Marshals Service takes allegations of misconduct seriously and is cooperating with relevant agencies on the investigation. The organization emphasized that the actions of the officers do not reflect its professionalism and core values.