Saturday, March 3, 2012
Show Me The Way To Go Home.....Fast
Drunken driver races around Phila. airport runways
Michael Winter, USA TODAY
The Philadelphia International Airport was shut down for a half-hour this morning after a suspected drunken driver crashed through a fence and drove up and down two runways, police say.
Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, of Chadds Ford, Pa., (photo) was charged with DUI and reckless endangerment charges and will undergo psychiatric tests, the Associated Press reports. Ground radar detected Mazik's 1999 Jeep Cherokee about 11:15 a.m. ET, and "a phalanx of police and airport vehicles" gave chase as he raced the length of one runway and then crossed over to a parallel runway. He was stopped about five minutes later.
Police said neither runway was handling take-offs or landings, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The brief closure did delay about 15 to 20 aircraft, an airport spokeswoman said.