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Cops: Driver with kid rams gate, ends up on active runway at Phoenix airport

A woman driving with a small child slammed through a Phoenix airport gate and drove out onto a runway, police said Thursday.

Phoenix police with the Sky Harbor Airport chased down the driver and forced her vehicle to halt, authorities said in a media release sent to NBC News.

Sgt. Trent Crump told The Associated Press that the car drove around for a few minutes before police managed to stop it.

The driver, a woman, had a child in her car, police said. The driver was "exhibiting signs of impairment" when she was arrested, the release said.

No flights were put in danger as a result of the incident, police said, but airport operations were shut down for around 15 minutes during the breach.

The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. Thursday (midnight ET Friday), police said.

More on this story on NBC affiliate KPNX 12 News

Members of the Phoenix Fire Department checked out the woman and the child at the scene and they were not injured in the crash, the statement said.

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