UPDATE: Man charged with security breach at Mid-Continent Airport

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A 26-year-old Oklahoma man has made his first appearance in court after allegedly driving his truck through a fence and onto a taxiway at Mid-Continent airport.

Mark Rehme was charged Thursday with criminal damage to property, a felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. His bond is $15,000.

Rehme's preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 6.

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Authorities say they are still trying to determine why a man drove his truck through a fence and onto a taxiway at a Wichita airport.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. David Mattingly said the 26-year-old man from Marlow, Oklahoma, rammed his truck through a fence at Mid-Continent Airport around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The fence was located in the 6800 block of West Cessna Boulevard.

Once through the fence, he reportedly drove through a field towards a private jet that was moving on the taxiway. He got out of his truck and ran towards the jet, holding up papers with unknown writing. The pilot saw the man and stopped the plane.

Security personnel arrived quickly and detained the man, who was talking to himself. A handgun and several knives were found in his truck.

Investigators say he was close to the Cessna hangars, but was never near the airport's main runways or commercial aircraft.

The man was jailed on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. He is currently being held at the jail on $15,000 bond. The case is expected to be presented to the district attorney's office later this week.

Mattingly says investigators do not believe the event was connected to terrorism, but still are unaware of his motive. The Oklahoma man has relatives in Kansas, but not in the Wichita area.

In December, an avionics technician was charged with trying to carry out a suicide bombing at Mid-Continent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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