WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR BASE — A driver who did not show proper identification refused an order to turn around and drove through a Wright-Patterson gateway, leading to gate closures and causing a traffic backlog, according to a base spokeswoman.
stopped the suspect within about 15 to 20 minutes of the driver not following a sentry’s order to turn around after he entered through Gate around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said Wright-Patterson spokeswoman Marie Vanover.
The man was questioned by , but was not arrested and was later released, she said.
Base officials won’t say what took so long to stop the driver.
The gate is off Ohio 444 near the Air Materiel Command headquarters.
The incident temporarily closed all base gates, causing a traffic backlog, she said.
“The fact that this was at a time when people are leaving at the end of the day, that’s really what backed up the traffic,” she said.
Vanover said the gates reopened after the incident, but did not immediately have a time on how long they closed as a precaution.
The suspect remained in his vehicle during the incident, she said.
Authorities did not immediately have an explanation on what the delay was in locating the suspect.
Additional information was not immediately available.
In a similar breach in November 2015, a Beavercreek man drove through Gate 22A at Interstate 675 and entered an Air Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate building, causing an hours-long employee evacuation and a shelter-in-place order at a nearby child care center.
The man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Dayton last month to trespassing-related charges.
Our reporters will continue asking base officials why it took base more than 15 minutes to stop a driver that went through a checkpoint Thursday without proper identification.
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