|KoKo Nicole Anderson|
(Scroll down for video) A car driven by a woman suddenly made its way onto an airport runway, according to airport officials.
The woman driving with her infant son in her car crashed into a gate of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and drove onto the runway in the latest of a series of similar mishaps across the country that have raised questions whether the country's airports are really safe.
She slammed through the gate that was partially open at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, and began to drive on the runway, police spokesperson Sgt. Trent Crump said. The officers forced the car to stop after a few minutes by stopping the driver.
KoKo Nicole Anderson, 21, living near Mesa, was booked into jail for aggravated DUI and criminal charges for damages. Police suspect that she had taken an unknown drug and do not believe she was impaired by alcohol. A drug recognition expert was called to the scene shortly after her arrest.
However, the woman's mother, Bebe Anderson, said on Friday that she does not believe her daughter was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She explained that her daughter has a history of mental illness.
"She will not be stable until she receives the medication she needs. I'm Very scared. I'm at a loss of
how to help her," Bebe Anderson said, noting that her daughter suffers from bipolar disorder. "I'm
really hoping someone can advocate for her."
Police said that police were aware of Anderson’s potential mental health problems and was going to be evaluated.
Her child, a 2 month old, was in a car seat. He was not injured and has been handed over to her relatives. Crump said Anderson was impaired and did not even know that her son was in the car.
"I do not think she intended to hurt anyone," Crump said. "We believe she was just impaired leading to poor decision making."