At San Francisco International Airport Wednesday, an unidentified man breached a security fence and began running onto the tarmac, leading police officers on a wild foot chase until he was caught. The individual appeared to be under the influence of some substance.
Cell phone video footage caught the man running with police close behind him. The footage is quite humorous, and looks like something right out of a action comedy or parody film. At one point during the 90 second chase, an officer opens the passenger door of a police car and almost knocks the running man out. A police SUV then nearly hits the man, but he dips out of the way in the nick of time.
“[It] was a police response to an individual who appeared to be under the influence of a substance,” explained SFO spokesman Doug Yakel. The incident originally began a few minutes earlier at the Southwest ticket counter at Terminal One. Witnesses claimed the man had been sitting and “twitching” on a bench with his beanie nearly pulled over his face.
When security was called in to check on him, the man sprinted outside through traffic and jumped a 30 ft drop from the upper level down to the lower level and kept on running. The man finally was tackled by police, where officers arrested him.
“Who survives that kind of thing?” said traveler Dan Callies. “Someone who’s crazy. Someone who has no fear. Adrenaline kicks and gets you going.”
Video footage below:
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