DENVER - The lead singer of a band, arrested for trespassing in a restricted area at Denver International Airport, will likely avoid any punishment.
Video obtained exclusively by our Denver sister station 7NEWS shows "Puddle of Mudd" lead singer, Wes Scantlin, riding on the oversized luggage carousel at DIA last month.
"It is a secured area of the airport and a regular passenger is absolutely not allowed to be back there," said DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery. "You are required to have a background check and an airport ID badge in order to be back there."
Despite going into an area that requires security clearance, he did not face any federal charges. He was arrested by Denver police and charged with trespassing.
Scantlin also had an outstanding warrant from 2006 for speeding 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit on Pena Boulevard, and driving without a license, according to public records.
He bonded out that night and arrived late to a schedule concert at Cassleman's Bar & Venue in Denver's River North neighborhood, north of Coors Field.
Puddle of Mudd is probably best known for the 2001 songs, "Blurry" and "She Hates Me."
The surveillance video captured Scantlin riding in one of the slots for oversized baggage.
It appears he's with someone shooting cell phone video. When he jumps off, an airline employee is walking nearby and another employee in a construction-like reflective vest starts to approach.
Two minutes later, he reappears near the carousel and hops onto another slot, taking him into the secured area.
"It's not a likely scenario in which someone would be able to get near an aircraft from this particular area," said Montgomery. "We are nowhere near any aircraft and it would take a pretty big effort to get to an aircraft from here. You would have to hike for, probably a couple of miles, and some tunnels that you weren't familiar with, in order to get out there."
7NEWS asked federal law enforcement why it would not be a federal offense to enter a secured area at an airport. We were told that, generally, incidents in the main terminal and concourse areas are handled by the local jurisdiction.
"In over 20 years, this is really only the second instance that we can remember, here at the airport, of someone actually riding an oversize piece of baggage carousel into a secured area," said Montgomery.
Five days after the incident, a Photoshopped picture was posted on the Puddle of Mudd Facebook page showing Scantlin sitting amid luggage in a regular baggage carousel. The caption read, "I'm Sorry?" and was signed "Wes."
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