A runaway Jeep Grand Cherokee caused quite the disturbance in The Force Philadelphia on Thursday, March 1, when it broke through a chain-link fence and careened onto and across several active runways at Philadelphia International Airport.

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.


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      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ramp Rated.
      19secondsslow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure the Jeep is the rogue, here. I'm looking more toward the wacked-out driver.
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      This guy's mugshot is awesome!
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a guy weaving very dangerously on the highway southbound on the 405 at about 1:48am, but I don't think there was an apparent nexus to terrorism in that case either.
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't Rouge a Nissan. The headline could have been written. "Jeep makes a Grand entrance on runway."
        teamplayers99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        LOL. I guess it went over Jeff's head, but I get ya.
        Jeff Tripp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Rouge is a kind of makeup. Rogue is an adjective in the English language, not just a vehicle model.
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I Love Grand Theft Auto IV. Love it.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Doesn't he know that losing the six-star wanted level after entering the airport's runway area is impossible?
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A runaway Jeep Grand Cherokee caused quite the disturbance" I didn't know Jeeps had brains or will.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        the flashing red horizontal light going back and forth in the grille says otherwise
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this on AB?
      Blake
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I should make a scrapbook of all the things that happen that end up not being related to terrorism.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blake
        This ended up not being related to terrorism since the driver wasn't muslim. Don't you know how the brainwashing from the media/government works?
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's some bad writing. If I hadn't already heard the story, it would have taken three paragraphs to realize that the Jeep was being driven by an actual human.
      Jeff Tripp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I heard on the radio he rammed through a gate, and sent it flying 20 yards. Aside from the broken mirror, there's hardly a scratch to be seen on that Jeep!
        CromwellD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff Tripp
        Broken mirror, broken windshield wiper, broken antenna, front passenger weather vane (or whatever it is called) has been torn off (there is one on the rear passenger window, I would guess there would be one on the front), a couple of dents in the hood.. Yep, barely a scratch...
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      The definition of terrorism is skewed in this nation, this certainly was a act of terrorism although not intentional. The pilots and ATC controllers alike were in fear of their lives and the passengers aboard the aircraft.
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