Florida man arrested after crashing through airport gate, getting into Coast Guard plane cockpit: sheriff

The suspect led deputies on a chase across the runway in a stolen car

A Florida man faces multiple charges after he allegedly drove through a security gate at a Tampa-area airport and got into the cockpit of a Coast Guard C-130 airplane on Saturday morning, officials said. 

Hamilton Moreno, 36, is accused of leading deputies on a chase across a runway at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport before 5 a.m. ET in a vehicle that had been reported stolen the night before, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. 

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(The suspect led deputies at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on a chase across the runway in an allegedly stolen car before he got into the cockpit of a Coast Guard C-130. )

Moreno was arrested after he allegedly crashed through a Coast Guard security gate, left the car in a hangar and climbed into the empty C-130, the sheriff’s department said. 

The suspect was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, trespassing, grand theft auto, habitual traffic offender, burglary, and two counts of criminal mischief.

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His bond was set at $24,150.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.