Airport Gate Crasher Treated for Drug Addiction, Seeks Lesser Sentence

Twenty-five-year-old Kenneth Mazik is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for crashing through a gate on March 1 and leading police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 6:58 AM EDT
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Airport Gate Crasher Treated for Drug Addiction

Kenneth Richard Mazik drove intoxicated onto the runway of the Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, police say.

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A man who drove an SUV on to the runway of Philadelphia International Airport says he's has undergone treatment for prescription drug addiction that contributed to the incident that forced a passenger jet on final approach to abort its landing.

  Twenty-five-year-old Kenneth Mazik is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for crashing through a gate on March 1 and leading police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph.
 
Mazik, of Chadds Ford, 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.
 
Mazik is seeking a sentence below the 18-to-24-month guideline, citing successful drug and alcohol treatment and extreme remorse.
 

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