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Man Jailed for Driving Onto Lawton Airport Runway

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LAWTON Okla_ A man is behind bars after he drove his car through a fenced gate at the Lawton Airport overnight.

Police have identified the man as 52-year-old Robert Crull of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  When they arrived around midnight Monday morning, they found Crull standing behind his car. Now, police are still trying to sort out how it happened.

The gate Crull drove into, Gate 15, is actually off the beaten path on the west side of the airport. Authorities believe that he traveled at high speeds to gain the momentum on the gravel road to crash through the fence, and that's when things got interesting.

Once inside, Crull took full advantage of the airports runway, driving all over it. He eventually made his way to the airport's terminal, and that's when he was noticed by an airport employee. Crull got out of his vehicle and attempted to make entry into the airport's terminal, even pushing on the doors.

When his attempt failed, he got back into his car and continued to drive around on the runway. Police found Crull standing behind his car on the tarmac. Once police made contact with Crull, he was not combative. He was arrested for trespassing. Because the crime took place at the airport, the FBI was called in to investigate. Monday, Rick Rains confirmed that Lawton police would take the lead on the case, because at this time, they did not suspect a need for any federal charges.

Monday, 7News learned from court records that Crull has had multiple run-ins with the law over the last couple of months. He is facing pending charges of stalking, violation of a protective order, and resisting arrest in Oklahoma County. These all stem from a domestic altercation with his wife. The court document states his wife told the courts Crull has a medical history of being bipolar with frequent manic episodes. The question remains: what led him to commit this random crime?

The case was taken to the district attorney's office Monday afternoon. Robert Crull was charged with the misdemeanor charge of trespassing.

 

 

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