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Drunk Driver Flees Police by Driving Through Russian Airport Terminal, Blues-Bros-Style

After midnight on Wednesday, a drunk driver in Kazan tried to evade police by driving his car into the international terminal of the city’s airport. According to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, officers finally captured the man outside, after he drove through the airport’s interior and emerged on the other side of the building.

Eyewitnesses reportedly say the driver knocked down a barrier leading into the airport’s parking lot, before the police responded. When officers cornered him near a locked glass door leading into the international terminal, he crashed through it and drove into the airport.

The scene was like something straight out of the 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers,” where the titular heroes famously drove through a crowded shopping mall, to escape police cars in pursuit.

Miraculously, no one was injured in the incident, according to the airport’s official Twitter account. A preliminary estimate puts the damages at roughly 6 million rubles ($100,000)

The local newspaper Kazansky Reporter says the driver may have been Ruslan Nurtdinov, the general director of a private detective agency, but police have yet to confirm this information.

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