Police: Man causes disturbance at airport, discharges fire extinguisher

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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PITTSTON TWP. — A man from Minnesota was arrested after he allegedly caused a disturbance and set off a fire extinguisher inside the terminal at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Sunday.

An airport security officer detained Douglas Anthony Adkerson, 31, of Blaine, after the alleged incident involving a Transportation Security Administration agent until he was turned over to township police.

According to the criminal complaint:

A security officer was notified at about 8:50 p.m. that Adkerson was acting suspicious near a security checkpoint. As the officer approached, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from Adkerson.

Adkerson became verbally abusive and refused commands to leave the checkpoint area.

Police allege Adkerson walked to an exit in a secured area and grabbed a fire extinguisher from the wall. Adkerson allegedly used the fire extinguisher in an attempt to smash security doors and discharged the extinguisher in the checkpoint area, the complaint says.

Adkerson allegedly charged at the officer while holding the extinguisher.

Police said Adkerson was highly intoxicated.

Adkerson was evaluated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for an unknown reason.

Police charged Adkerson with simple assault, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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