JPSO: Man arrested after driving onto Louis Armstrong airport runway

Photo: WWL-TV

A Louisiana man was arrested after he drove through two fences and onto a runway at Louis Armstrong International Airport, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly before 1 p.m., JPSO 911 received a call reporting that a blue Dodge Challenger has left Airport Road, went through two fences and was on an active runway at the airport, according to the JPSO.

When JPSO deputies and Kenner Police arrived on scene, they found a Challenger vehicle abandoned near the runway. Just outside the airport, Kaleb Clement, 23, of Paulina, La., was arrested at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Veterans Boulevard.

“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,” said Michelle Wilcut, deputy director and chief customer service officer for the airport.

Clement was booked with one count of hit-and-run driving and one count of driving while intoxicated.

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