Cash-strapped police in Las Vegas are under investigation after apparently giving Guns N’Roses guitarist Darren Ashba a ride in the force helicopter so he could propose to his girlfriend.
Ashba posted a photo on the internet of himself and Colombian actress and model Nathalia Henao, wearing helicopter headgear.
He thanked the Las Vegas police department for “the most amazing” private helicopter tour over the city, saying it ended in a field at police headquarters, where he proposed amid roses and “a bottle of the bubble stuff.”
“That was the most incredible day of our life!!” he wrote in the post, which came after a picture of a round-cut diamond solitaire with the caption, “She said yes!!!”
“(I)t was beautiful she didn’t expect a thing, it was magical. And thanks to our good friends for helping making it all happen!!” Ashba, 40, continued.
Las Vegas police admitted two civilians were granted a ride-along in a helicopter, although they did not mention names or offer many details.
“An internal affairs investigation has been initiated to determine if any department policies or regulations were violated in granting this ride-along,” a spokesman said.
The helicopter ride comes as the department is already struggling for cash. Last week, Sheriff Doug Gillespie continued his push to increase sales tax in Clark County – which includes Las Vegas.
The tax initiative, dubbed “More Cops,” is aimed at plugging a $30m budget hole, saving some jobs from being cut and allowing new officers to be hired.