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Man Arrested After Allegedly Driving High On Airport Runway

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Whitley County Sheriff Whitley County Sheriff

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A Lexington man was arrested Sunday morning after 911 dispatchers observed him driving up and down an airport runway.

It happened around 2 a.m. at the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport.

Officials say a dispatcher watched the truck drive into the fence and become stuck. A man ran from the scene, jumped a guardrail and disappeared into the woods. Kentucky State Police, with a K9, and Williamsburg police joined the local sheriff's department in the search.  

The man who fled could not be located. It was later determined that he entered the secure area by driving through a gate.

Around 9 a.m. the following day, officials were notified that the subject had returned to the airport. They responded and made contact with Jonathan Brookshire, 33, of Lexington.

During the investigation, Brookshire stated that he was traveling to Florida and used methamphetamine prior to the initial incident. Brookshire was arrested and charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing and public intoxication. He was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

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