PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)- Deputies assigned to the Airport Unit have arrested a Tampa man after crashing through a fence at the St. Pete/Clearwater airport and boarding a US Coast Guard C-130.
According to investigators, on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at approximately 4:48 a.m., airport deputies were notified of a suspicious vehicle driving on the runway near parked commercial airliners. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle which fled across the runway towards the US Coast Guard station.READ MORE: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
Deputies engaged the vehicle in a pursuit which ended after the vehicle crashed through a USCG security gate. The suspect, 36-year-old Hamilton Moreno, stopped the vehicle in a large hangar and fled on foot. Moreno entered a parked C-130 aircraft and entered the cockpit when he was taken into custody by deputies.
Through the investigation, it was determined Moreno drove through fencing surrounding the property before driving to the runway. The vehicle was reported stolen from Tampa earlier in the evening.READ MORE: New York City Announces First-In-The-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private Companies
Hamilton has transported to the Pinellas County Jail where he is held on charges of Fleeing and Eluding, Trespassing, Grand Theft Auto, Habitual Traffic Offender, Burglary, and two counts of Criminal Mischief.
No deputies or citizens were injured and no aircraft sustained any damage.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?
The investigation continues and federal charges are pending.