Woman rams security gate at Sky Harbor Airport and drives onto active runway with child in car

PHOENIX - A woman driving a 1997 Saturn rammed her car through a security gate Thursday night at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and drove out onto an active runway.

Phoenix police said the woman appeared to be impaired and had a small child in the car with her.

The vehicle appeared to have crashed into the fence parallel to 44th Street near Air Lane around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Officers performed a PIT maneuver to bring the car to a stop within minutes of the security breach.

Neither the driver nor the child were injured, according to police.

Airport operations were disrupted for approximately 15 minutes while police investigated; however, officers stated they were not aware of any flights that were affected.

The driver was being questioned late Thursday night.

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