Monday, April 02, 2007

use caution- man on runway

From the OC Register
Man arrested after running on airport runway
Pilot about to take off spotted man running on John Wayne Airport airstrip.
The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA – A transient was arrested for trespassing after he hopped a fence at John Wayne Airport and ran around the airfield for several minutes Thursday, airport officials said.

Rene Nolasco Molina, 33, of Santa Ana is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility without bail. A pilot getting ready to take off spotted a man running around on the runway about 6:30 p.m., airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said.

The pilot called the tower, and sheriff's deputies who patrol the airport chased him down and arrested him, Wedge said.

A plane trying to take off was delayed for a few minutes while the chase was on, she said, but no other airport operations were affected.

"He appeared to be a little mentally unstable," Wedge said. "This isn't an everyday occurrence."

The commenters definatly focused on the transient bit. I'm not sure how keen I am on comments to a newspaper article, but maybe it is more likely to get direct feedback going to journalists, some of whom need it badly.

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