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Las Vegas police investigate helicopter ride given to Guns N' Roses guitartist, girlfriend


An internal investigation is under way after a rock guitarist and his girlfriend were given a private tour of Las Vegas in a police helicopter for a wedding proposal.

DJ Ashba, lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, posted photos of the tour on social media Saturday.

“That was the most incredible day of our life!!” the guitarist wrote on Instagram. “Special thx to the Las Vegas Police Dept. for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas!”

Ashba gave a shout-out to Capt. David O’Leary for setting up the tour. A police spokesman confirmed the internal investigation Sunday morning, although no details were released.

But department officials reportedly were livid about the apparent misuse of the helicopter, especially in the wake of an officer’s death involving a helicopter last month.

David VanBuskirk, 36, a Search and Rescue officer, died during a late-night helicopter rescue of a hiker stranded on Mount Charleston.

The officer fell while being hoisted to the helicopter; an investigation into his death remains ongoing.

It was unclear how O’Leary, who oversees the department’s Financial Crimes Bureau, arranged the tour for the 40-year-old rocker. Ashba, who joined Guns N’ Roses in 2009, called O’Leary a “good friend” on Instagram.

Both O’Leary and the pilot are under investigation, although it was unclear whether either was suspended.

The investigation comes as Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie tries to persuade the Clark County Commission to raise sales taxes to approve the hiring of more police officers.

Gillespie earlier this year lobbied the Nevada Legislature to allow the county to raise the sales tax from 8.1 percent to 8.25 percent, but the tax raise must be approved by the commission.

Commissioners, who were expected to approve the measure Tuesday, delayed the vote.

Ashba’s girlfriend said yes to the proposal after the helicopter “landed in a field” next to a table with roses and champagne, the rocker wrote.

“It was beautiful she didn’t expect a thing, it was magical,” he wrote.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283. Follow @blasky on Twitter.

 

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