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Germany: Hannover Airport intruder ordered held in custody

December 30, 2018
FILE -- In this Oct. 20, 2014 file photo a building of the Hannover airport is pictured in Hannover, Germany. Flights have been suspended at Hannover airport in central Germany after a man tried to drive onto the facility’s apron. News agency dpa reported that federal police said the man, who was in a Polish-registered car, was detained on Saturday afternoon. (Holger Hollemann/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a judge has ordered the continued detention of a young Polish man who forced open a locked perimeter gate at Germany’s Hannover Airport and drove his car onto the airfield.

The 21-year-old suspect’s motive remained unclear on Sunday, but police said they still had no indication his alleged actions were terror-related.

Authorities say he was apparently under the influence of drugs during Saturday’s incident. At the airport, officers pursued him until he stopped the car underneath an airliner with 172 passengers on board.

The judge ordered him kept in custody pending possible formal charges. He is being investigated on suspicion of dangerous interference in air traffic, resisting police and driving under the influence of drugs.

A statement from police says he was previously known for narcotics violations.

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