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Woman with child drives on Phoenix airport runway

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A woman driving with a small child in her car crashed through a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and drove on the runway, Phoenix police said Friday.

The woman rammed the airport gate around 10 p.m. Thursday in a 1997 Saturn.

She started to cross an active runway, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said. Officers forced the car to stop after a few minutes and arrested the driver.

Phoenix firefighters checked the woman an child for injuries and found none -- although they say the women did show signs of impairment.

"We are not aware of any inbound or outbound flights being put in danger as a result of the driver's actions, however, airport operations were disrupted for about 15 minutes for aircraft safety," stated Crump.

There is no information on the woman's motive. Her name is not yet available.

She is facing charges including criminal damage and criminal trespassing.

The incident was the latest involving vehicles crashing through the airport's gates or fences and getting onto its runways. Sky Harbor spent $10 million to upgrade its perimeter security and access gates after a man being chased by police in 2005 crashed a stolen pickup through a gate and drove onto the runways, passing several jets on a taxiway. In 2003, two teens in a stolen car crashed through a perimeter fence and drove onto the airfield. Both incidents caused brief closure of aircraft operations.

Police said they were not aware of any flights being endangered.

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