Man rams 2 fences and drives onto active runway at New Orleans Airport

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Louisiana man arrested after driving onto an active runway at the Louis Armstrong Airport Wednesday, August 5, 2015. (WGNO)

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KENNER, La. (WGNO) – A suspected drunk driver is in custody after he busted through two fences and drove across an active runway at the Louis Armstrong International Airport Wednesday afternoon. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says they received a call shortly before 1 p.m. of a car seen crashing through the airport’s perimeter fence on the northwest side of the airfield. The car then continued across a runway before crashing through a fence on the northeast side of the airport.
When JPSO deputies and Kenner police arrived on the scene they found the Dodge Challenger abandoned, but after a brief search of the area, the suspect was arrested near the intersection of Deleware and Veterans Memorial Blvd. Authorities have identified the driver as 23-year-old Kaleb Clement of Paulina, Louisiana. Clement was booked with one count of hit-and-run driving and one count of driving while intoxicated. Southbound Airport Road at Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Kenner was closed while police investigated the incident. Below is a statement from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport:
“Earlier today, an individual drove through the airport’s perimeter fence on the northwest side of the airfield.  Airport personnel spotted the vehicle and challenged the driver per Airport security protocol. At that time, the driver fled in his vehicle and exited the airport property through the fence on the northeast side of the airport. Law enforcement apprehended the person. An investigation is ongoing at this time. There was no impact to any aircraft operations or any flights.”

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