Man faces federal charges for SUV on Philly runway

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In this undated photo released by the Philadelphia Police Department, Kenneth Richard Mazik is seen. Mazik is charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and other counts after police say he sped his sport-utility vehicle through a fence and drove up and down the runway at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)
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In this undated photo released by the Philadelphia Police Department, Kenneth Richard Mazik is seen. …

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of ramming through a security fence at Philadelphia International Airport and driving his SUV onto a runway at more than 100 mph as an incoming plane approached is facing federal charges.

The U.S. attorney announced Friday that Kenneth Mazik is being charged with disrupting operations at the airport and endangering safety there.

Authorities say the 24-year-old Chadds Ford man sped onto two runways at the airport Thursday and was chased by police before being arrested five minutes later.

The airport was closed for nearly 30 minutes. In the meantime, planes preparing to land circled the skies and other planes stalled on the tarmac.

Terrorism isn't suspected. Mazik faces DUI and reckless endangerment charges.

He is in custody, and it isn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

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