An airport car accident may seem unlikely, but it became a scary reality at a North Carolina airport on Thursday.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina reported that the driver of a white compact car drove onto the tarmac of Wilmington International Airport before crashing through the doors and glass of one of the terminals, where he was detained by local officers.
The incident, which occurred around 7 p.m. EST, resulted in the car being completely slammed inward, shattering the windshield.
Wilmington International Airpot (ILM) confirmed the event via Twitter late Thursday night, claiming no one was injured in the incident and the airport was expected to operate normally from Friday morning.
Tonight a car drove into the airport. None of the public was injured. @NewHanoverSO responded quickly, held the person and coordinated with partner agencies. ILM is open and had minimal impact on operations. ILM expects to be fully operational by morning.
— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) March 10, 2023
However, TSA told a local outlet WECT that a TSA agent suffered “minor” injuries during the incident and was taken to the hospital.
The suspect, who has been identified as Tray Anthony Dvorak, is being held on $50,000 bond.
Dvorak has been charged with assaulting a government official with a deadly weapon, speeding to avoid arrest, entering airport grounds, disorderly conduct, and resisting/obstructing/detaining a government official.
He is expected to appear in court virtually on Friday afternoon.