Rogue Jeep on Philadelphia Airport runways causes terrorism scare [w/video]
Posted Mar 2nd 2012 5:29PM
A runaway Jeep Grand Cherokee caused quite the disturbance in
Air traffic control contacted all incoming planes – including one U.S. Airways Express plane that was 10 seconds from landing on the now-occupied runway – that there would be a delay after their radar showed the vehicle on the runway. According to Philly police, the incident took place around 11:00 am, and foggy weather prevented pilots and crew from seeing the dark-colored Jeep, which had its headlights turned off.
Authorities chased the Jeep across three runways. Said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, "A man is in custody and being processed by Philly police. It appears he was high on something. There is no apparent nexus to terrorism."
High on something? Never would have guessed... In any case, the airport was shut down for 35 minutes out of "an abundance of caution," said Vicki Lupica, public information officer at Philadelphia's airport. The driver, Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, of Chadsford, Pennsylvania, has been charged with driving under the influence, recklessly endangerment, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, criminal mischief, aggravated assault and simple assault.
Check out a video report from ABC News after the break.