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Man allegedly takes drunken drive onto active New Orleans runway

By Doug G. Ware
A man was arrested Wednesday after crashing through a fence and onto an active runway at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans (pictured). Police arrested the man and booked him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Photo: CaseyMartin / Shutterstock
A man was arrested Wednesday after crashing through a fence and onto an active runway at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans (pictured). Police arrested the man and booked him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Photo: CaseyMartin / Shutterstock

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old man is accused of driving his sportscar through a fence and onto an active runway in New Orleans before being arrested for drunk driving Wednesday, law enforcement said.

Police say the man drove a blue Dodge Challenger through a fence at about noon local time, drove across a runway at Louis Armstrong International Airport and plowed through another fence.

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Officials said the suspect, Kaleb Clement, was later captured hiding behind an air conditioning unit at a nearby auto shop after leading police on a brief chase.

No one was hurt in the incident, but investigators said Clement had been driving under the influence, The (New Orleans) Times Picayune reported.

Clement was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.

Although the driver got onto an active runway, officials at the airport said no flights were disrupted.

The New Orleans Advocate reported Clement has marijuana-related probation violations on his record and a domestic battery charge that was ultimately dropped.

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