The Philadelphia DUI Law Blog

Local DUI with International Consequences

Usually the Philadelphia DUI Law blog covers very local topics like an Upper Darby accident, or a Cherry Hill arrest. But last week, Kenneth Mazik’s Philadelphia airport DUI had international ramifications as he shut down the airport for 30 minutes after driving onto the runway, affecting travelers across the world.

The 24-year-old Mazik was allegedly drunk when he crashed his SUV through a security gate at Philadelphia International Airport and drove onto two runways, reports CBS. The incident happened at 11:00 a.m. On Thursday morning, after barging through the fence, Mazik led authorities on a high-speed chase around the airport.

Driving around the runway for several minutes, Mazik reportedly affected flights that would have landed and flights about to take off, as officials did not know if they were dealing with a terrorist, or just an idiot.

It turns out they were just dealing with an idiot.

Mazik is now in custody and has completed a psychiatric evaluation. He faces DUI charges and could also face federal charges, reports CBS. The results of the psychiatric evaluation were not reported.

Getting drunk and going on a joyride across a parking lot is dangerous enough. Kenneth Mazik crashed through an airport fence in his DUI and could have jeopardized the lives of hundreds if he hit a landing plane.

For a run-of-the-mill DUI, Mazik would have likely just faced a misdemeanor charge and a fine if he had no prior history and did not cause an accident. But for the Philadelphia airport DUI, the young man could face much more serious charges and will need to find the rare Philadelphia DUI attorney with knowledge of federal aviation laws.

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