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Man receives fine and 5 years probation for Duluth airport police chase

DULUTH, MN -- A Duluth man has learned his fate after leading police on a chase at the Duluth International Airport last year.

Christopher Dunker, 37, has been sentenced to 5 years probation, with a 15 month incarceration should the judge decide to revoke probation. He must also pay $9703.27 in damages to the Airport.

Dunker was initially charged with two felonies, including criminal damage to property, as well as fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

He was also charged with a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Court documents say police were called to the airport just after 7 a.m. on November 23, 2018 for a report of an unauthorized vehicle which had crashed through the gate, and was on the runway.

The document states there were occupied aircrafts on the runway at the time Dunker was traveling on.

An officer stated the vehicle got dangerously close to two aircraft, which were parked near the Cirrus building as well.

In a statement to the FBI, Dunker said he had taken meth around 5:30 that Friday morning.

Airport officials estimate the damage done to the gate is more than $20,000.

Krystal Frasier

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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