An intoxicated 20-year-old man stole a small plane in Connecticut and took two friends on a three-hour joyride early Wednesday that somehow ended with a safe landing at a darkened Westchester County Airport, authorities said.

When an airport security car met the four-seat Cessna at 4:15 a.m. and the plane doors opened, "a significant number of beer cans" spilled to the ground, said County Executive Andrew Spano.

The pilot, Philippe Patricio, of Bethel, Conn., was arrested with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 _ nearly double the legal limit for driving in New York state, said county Police Commissioner Thomas Belfiore. Patricio's two 16-year-old passengers were not charged or publicly named.

Patricio had no pilot's license and just seven hours of student flight time, Spano said. He said the plane, which left from Danbury Municipal Airport, was nearly out of gas when it landed, and Patricio may have been lost.

"We don't know if he knew he was in Westchester," Spano said.