Rocker’s chopper proposal sparks police probe

Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N’ Roses execute a grand romantic gesture.

Rocker’s chopper proposal sparks police probe

Daren Jay “DJ” Ashba posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of himself and his girlfriend, 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 diamond solitaire with the caption, “She said yes!!!”

“It 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.

Guns N’ Roses’s publicist confirmed the validity of the Instagram account to The Associated Press. She said the couple got engaged last Wednesday.

Las Vegas police issued a statement on Saturday acknowledging two civilians were granted a ride-along in a helicopter, although they didn’t mention names.

“An internal affairs investigation has been initiated to determine if any department policies or regulations were violated in granting this ride-along,” spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The helicopter ride comes as the department is already strapped for cash. Last week, Sheriff Doug Gillespie continued his push to increase sales tax in Clark County — which includes Las Vegas — from 8.1 to 8.25%.

The tax initiative, dubbed “More Cops,” is aimed at plugging a $30m (€22.6m) budget hole.

That irony wasn’t lost on one Instagram user, who wrote: “It’s nice to know that Clark County (which includes Las Vegas), might raise the sales tax to pay for extra cops to give private helicopter tours for wealthy celebrities.”

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