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Alleged drunk driver breaks through Armstrong Airport fences

Authorities prepare to tow the 2012 Dodge Challenger that crashed through two fences at MSY and drove onto an active runway. Authorities prepare to tow the 2012 Dodge Challenger that crashed through two fences at MSY and drove onto an active runway.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

An allegedly drunk driver made his way onto an active runway at the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, police received a call around 12:52 p.m. on Aug. 5 that a blue Dodge Charger drove off the airport access road and through a fence onto an active runway at MSY. The Sheriff's Office said the car crashed through the airport’s perimeter fence on the northwest side of the airfield and continued driving on airport property before crashing through a fence on the northeast side of the airport.  

Michelle Wilcut, spokesperson for MSY, said that Airport security spotted the vehicle and "challenged the driver" as is their 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," Wilcut said.

Officers from JPSO and the Kenner Police Department found 23-year-old Kaleb Clement from Paulina, La., near the intersection of Delaware and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Clement was arrested without incident and booked with one count of hit-and-run driving and one count of DWI.

"Well I was just walking on the side of the building here," said Bruce Pomthieux, who witnessed the arrest. "I heard someone say, 'Hey, get down!' And I looked across the street. Kenner police took a young man down, handcuffed him, suddenly there were five or six police all over the place. I had no idea what was going on."

No injuries were reported.

Wilcut, said that despite causing a stir, no flights were delayed. "An investigation is ongoing at this time," she said. "There was no impact to any aircraft operations or any flights.” 

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