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Alleged Drunk Driver Hits Plane At John Wayne Airport

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IRVINE (AP) — Authorities in Orange County say a car driven by an alleged drunk driver jumped a curb, crashed through a chain-link fence and struck a small plane at John Wayne Airport.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jim England says the car tore a 40-foot hole in the fence Friday night on the west side of the Irvine airport, where personal aircraft are kept.

England says the plane that was struck then hit another plane, causing one of the two to start leaking fuel.

Luis Perez, 56, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

The Orange County Fire Authority cleaned up the fuel. The extent of the damage to the planes isn’t known.

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