Man takes joyride on Tulsa airport runway

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TULSA, Okla. — Police say a man was drunk when he was arrested for driving through an airport runway Wednesday.

Tulsa International Airport groundskeepers spent their afternoon making sure the airport was secure after an intoxicated man drove through four fences and raced his car down the primary runway.

“Our primary focus was on apprehending the suspect. He made it out on to the main runway, drove north and was apprehended.”

Higgins says the man likely would have done more damage and gone further, but police were able to stop him after he ran out of runway to drive on.

“At this point it looks like general trespassing, eluding or evading, and disorderly conduct. That kind of thing.”

Higgins says flights were not diverted or delayed during the chase. The airport just landed planes on another runway facing east to west, while the man did top speed in his Ford Explorer on the north and south runways.

“The entire time officers were in pursuit of him, and at the same time air traffic control was monitoring it. So we had no safety concerns regarding airplane activity.”

TIA Police did not find any markings on the 68-year-old man’s car that would have indicated that he worked at the airport. For now, they have found no reason aside from alcohol as to why the man decided to break the fences and the law.

Tulsa International says charges will be filed, and they will try to get him to pay for the damage.

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