Airport Gate Crasher Sentenced to Prison

A Chadds Ford man who led police on a runway chase topping speeds of 100 mph will spend more than a year in prison.

By Jackie Gailey
|  Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:59 PM EDT
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Airport Gate Crasher Sentenced to Prison

Kenneth Richard Mazik says he has undergone treatment for prescription drug addiction since leading policing on a high speed runway chase.

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A man who drove an SUV on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport and forced a passenger jet to abort its landing, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $91,000 in restitution within 90 days.

Kenneth Mazik, 25, says he's undergone treatment for prescription drug addiction that contributed to the incident.

Mazik, of Chadds Ford, crashed through a gate on March 1 and led police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph.

He pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of disrupting airport operations and endangering passengers. Mazik told a judge he was addicted to the ADHD drug Adderall and was under stress because he recently became a father.

In his guilty plea, Mazik admitted he intentionally drove through Gate 25 and down a runway towards a plane on final approach. He also admitted to driving along other runways while causing a dangerous disturbance at the airport.

 

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