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Alleged drunk driver causes scare on Philadelphia airport runway

March 01, 2012|By Ricardo Lopez

Maybe he was lost?

An alleged drunk driver steered his Jeep onto the runways of Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning, startling onlookers and forcing the airport to close for about 30 minutes.

Although he didn't make it onto any runways that were in use, Kenneth Mazik caused several flights to be diverted while police worked to intercept his black Jeep Grand Cherokee, Philadelphia police said. 

Mazik, 24, allegedly drove through a runway gate fence shortly after 11 a.m. and led police officers and a fleet of emergency workers on a brief chase.

Police said Mazik drove up the length of one runway, crossed onto a parallel runway and drove back before he was arrested.

Mazik faces a slew of state charges, including driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest. That last one? Mazik took a couple of swings at police officers at the jail, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman said in an email to the Los Angeles Times.

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