Drunk man drives onto airport Runway in Amsterdam
December 27, 2012

Tis the season to be jolly of course, it's Christmas and many of us would have been settling down for a quiet drink with the family or will have been out and about over this Christmas period. For most people, drink driving is extremely serious, Christmas or not and the idea of getting in our motors after a session of drinking, would be the last thing on our minds. However, that was not the case for a British man who was arrested after reportedly driving a car onto an Amsterdam airport runway.

The man was reported to be drunk when he had stolen a vehicle at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The car was said to have been driven on the Dutch runway for a matter of minutes, after the man has pressed the emergency exit button at the runway's gate and stole a contractor's parked car, which was on the tarmac. There was allegedly no threat of danger to any of the flight traffic. The man, who was said to be headed home for Christmas, somewhere in Britain, committed the offence early on Christmas morning. There is an investigation in place examining exactly where the man went in the stolen car during the incident said to have happened between 1.00 and 2.00 am.

Nobody yet knows why the man took the car, police intend to interview the man further, however most statements have based this ludicrous stunt on the shear fact of the man being far too drunk. It is up to the prosecutor to decide a punishment for the offender.

There were luckily no flights at the time the man took the car, as there are not usually many on Christmas Eve. The Schiphol is the fourth largest airport in Europe, with around 120,000 and 140,000 people passing through each day. Luckily not one of these people were injured, including the offender himself, however this could have easily not have been the case. Take care at Christmas and always on the roads and please remember that not everybody may be as sensible as you are when it comes to driving.


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