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Driver arrested for going through La Crosse Airport gate, getting on plane



A driver went through a locked gate at the La Crosse Regional Airport on Saturday, and got onto a private plane, before police responded to the situation.

Police said officers disabled the plane and took the driver into custody. Charges could be filed this week.

A police news release noted the incident happened at 3:01 p.m. Saturday, when an individual drove through the locked entrance to the airport. Police parked a rescue vehicle in front of the plane, so it couldn’t take off from the runway.

La Crosse’s airport director, Ian Turner, said flights were able to continue as scheduled on Saturday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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