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Man arrested after crashing Hill AFB gate

The restraining barricade at Hill Air Force Base's south gate is under repair after the crash Wednesday.
The restraining barricade at Hill Air Force Base's south gate is under repair after the crash Wednesday.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base's south gate was closed temporarily Wednesday morning after an unauthorized person tried to enter the base.

Around 4:15 a.m., a man drove to the gate, where guards ask for base identification from all drivers.

The man didn't produce any identification, said Rich Essary, spokesman for the 75th Air Base Wing. And when the guard asked the man to wait while he contacted his supervisor, the man tried to drive through the gate.

The guard activated restraining barricades, which rise up from the street to block fleeing vehicles, and the man's SUV crashed into them.

The man left his car and escaped on foot, eventually jumping a fence to avoid being caught, Essary said.

Security forces began patrolling the base looking for the man and implemented security measures to protect assets, such as F-16s, which are kept on or near the flight line.

About 10 a.m., the man was spotted by a flight-line worker near the east side of the base. Security forces arrested the man and were still interviewing him as of 4 p.m., Essary said.

The south gate was closed for about three hours, and vehicles were rerouted through the base's west, southwest and north gates, snarling traffic in Clearfield during the morning commute.

The man's name has not been released, but Essary said security forces found various pieces of identification in his SUV.

The man is expected to be turned over to local law enforcement, Essary said.

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