Ariz. man who disrupted Ore. flight says he's bipolar

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
Alexander Michael Herrera was arrested at Portland International Airport. By Photo courtesy of KGW.com Alexander Michael Herrera was arrested at Portland International Airport. By Photo courtesy of KGW.com

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine.
 
Alexander Herrera's statement was included in a criminal complaint released Tuesday, just before the 23-year-old Arizona man made his first court appearance on a charge of attempted destruction of an aircraft.
 
The complaint states Herrera was polite at the start of the flight, but later made claims of being psychic and asked a woman seated next to him: "What would you do if I open the exit door?"
 
Passengers wrestled Herrera to the ground when he tried to open the door.
 
Herrera did not enter a plea. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing.