High-speed chase on Truckee airport runway | SierraSun.com

High-speed chase on Truckee airport runway

A Santa Rosa, Calif., man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly drove up and down the Truckee Tahoe Airport runway at a high rate of speed.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a driver in a black sedan driving the vehicle on the airport runway at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Truckee Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and sheriff’s office blocked the entrance and the exit to the airport.

The motorist drove in the direction of one of the police vehicles and then swerved away as officers attempted to stop the driver, according to the sheriff’s office reports.

Authorities eventually used a spike strip that flattened several tires on the car driven by Sean Thurston, 49.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on airport property, felony evading arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, according to the sheriff’s office reports.

It is unclear whether or not Thurston was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. The speed at which Thurston’s vehicle was traveling is also unknown.

Airport traffic was held for approximately 20 minutes because of safety concerns.

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