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LaPorte Man Allegedly Takes Plane To Impress Girl

Last updated on Tuesday, December 4, 2007

(LAPORTE) - In another strange incident involving a vehicle and the Northern Indiana city of LaPorte, police say a man accused of stealing a twin-engine plane and driving it down the taxiway staged the stunt while he was drunk to impress his girlfriend.

38-year-old Michael Santos was charged Friday with theft, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle after his driving privileges had previously been forfeited for life.

Santos, who is being held in the LaPorte County jail on $2,000 bond, is accused of driving to the LaPorte Municipal Airport despite a lifetime ban on his driving privileges.

Santos was reportedly drunk when he took his girlfriend to the airport to show her that he could fly a plane.

They climbed into the plane and were heading down the taxiway when flames began shooting from the left engine.

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