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No intoxicants in August Busch IV's blood in chopper inquiry

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tests show that former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV had no drugs or alcohol in his system in July when police said he appeared "intoxicated" as he prepared to take off from an office park near St. Louis in a helicopter.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the findings come from the Illinois State Police's forensic services laboratory in Springfield.

Concerns were raised when a helicopter landed near buildings in Swansea, Illinois. Busch was gone when officers arrived. He returned almost eight hours later, but police said he failed field sobriety tests and wouldn't let him take off.

Busch was CEO of the brewing giant from 2006 until it was bought out by InBev in 2008.

Busch's attorney, Maurice Graham, said in a statement that the results aren't a surprise.