A drunken man broke into a small airport and tried to fill up his car's gas tank with jet fuel, police said.

Police arrested Justin Rodebush, 20, on Sunday night for driving while intoxicated and attempted theft.

He probably wasn't trying to save money. The aviation fuel in the pumps used for aircraft and race cars, was going for $5.97 a gallon, accessed by a credit card, authorities said.

"We've had people try and steal gas here in the past," said Jim Meide, who works in operations at the county-run Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose.