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Alleged drunk driver slams car into plane at John Wayne Airport

June 4, 2011 |  9:56 am

Jwa A car driven by an alleged drunk driver jumped the curb and drove through a chain-link fence and crashed into a plane at John Wayne Airport on Friday night.

Luis Perez, 56, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after Orange County Sheriff's deputies said he tore a 30- to 40-foot hole in the fence on the west side of the airport and smashed into a small plane about 10:35 p.m. That plane then hit another plane, causing one of the two to start leaking fuel, said Lt. Gary Strachan.

That area of the airport consists of hangars for mostly small passenger planes with the larger commercial airliners mostly on the east side of the airport.

The Orange County Fire Authority arrived and cleaned up the fuel, and an Orange County Sheriff's deputy will be stationed where Perez allegedly breached the fence through the night, Strachan said.

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Photo: The statue outside John Wayne Airport. Credit: Los Angeles Times