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Man scales fences, runs onto San Diego airport tarmac

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police arrested a shirtless man believed to be under the influence after he scaled two fences and ran onto a runway at San Diego International Airport, briefly interrupting flights.

Airport authority spokesman Jonathan Heller tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that all incoming and outgoing planes were halted for about 7 minutes during the incident Thursday evening.

Heller says a maintenance worker spotted the man as he climbed over the so-called "blast fence" near where planes stage before takeoff. Police say prior to that the man scaled a perimeter fence ringed with barbed wire.

Officers arrested 34-year-old Jonathan Edgcomb on suspicion of trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He's scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

It wasn't immediately known if Edgcomb has a lawyer.

This is a story update. The previous story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man suspected of climbing a fence and running onto a runway at Lindbergh Field Friday was taken into custody.

The suspect allegedly climbed a fence at the east end of Runway 27 around 5:55 p.m., the airport's Jonathan Heller said.

The suspect ran 300 yards on the runway before being apprehended by San Diego Harbor Police Department officers, Heller said.

Airport flight operations were halted for seven minutes during the incursion, Heller said.

It was not known what the suspect would be booked for.

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