The Chadds Ford man arrested March 1 after driving his SUV through a gate and onto a runway at Philadelphia International Airport was charged today by the U.S. Attorney’s office with a count of using an automobile to damage airport facilities and disrupt airport operations.
The charge against Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, was filed by the federal prosecutor in a criminal information. Use of an information means the individual has waived indictment by the grand jury and is considered the prelude to a guilty plea.
Mazik was originally arrested by Philadelphia police on March 1 after he crashed his Jeep Grand Cherokee through a locked gate at the airport and sped at more than 100 miles an hour. A plane was behind the Jeep, about 500 feet above the runway, preparing to land, before air-traffic controllers ordered it into a holding pattern.
While Mazik led airport police on a chase along several runways, air-traffic controllers diverted 75 planes into holding patterns and prevented the departures of 80 other aircraft.