PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A 20-year-old man is behind bars after police say he broke through a security fence at Pensacola International Airport, speeding down a runway and doing donuts Wednesday afternoon. 

Pensacola airport fence

The Pensacola Police Department says Zane Carlson rammed his Ford Mustang through a fence near the airport's main entrance around 1 p.m. He sped down a runway, going around 100 mph, and did donuts in the grass and a hangar. 

“We don’t know what he was thinking, we don’t believe that alcohol was involved," Officer Mike Wood with the Pensacola Police Dept. said. "The best that we have from him is he just felt like driving on the runway.”

Ofc. Wood says no air traffic was affected no airlines were on the runway during Carlson's reckless joyride. 

After doing donuts in a hangar, police say Carlson tried running away but was captured by an officer.

“Well it’s an airport, it’s a secure area and when there’s an occasion like this we have to be on it very quickly, and the officers were," Ofc. Wood said. 

Pensacola Police charged the man with criminal mischief and trespassing and more federal charged may be added. Investigators do not believe the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also said that terrorism is not a motive.

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