Slidell Municipal Airport has been the scene of a series of bizarre incidents this year, but Monday morning's events may have topped the list.
A man who said he was heading to Slidell to see a “voodoo doctor” crashed through one of the airport's gates and later ended up lying across the entrance to a neighboring subdivision in just his underwear, claiming a snake had gone up his pants.
Airport manager Richard Artigue said the man, driving a 2001 Chevy Tahoe, crashed through the north gate of the airport shortly before 9 a.m. and drove in. He exited immediately, only to re-enter through the airport's open main gate, where he crashed into a telephone pole that fell on top of his vehicle.
He fled into nearby woods, Artigue said, but about two hours later, someone called to report a man lying across Belair Boulevard in his underwear. Slidell police arrested him.
The man, identified as Kevin Bolton, 43, lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was booked on counts of careless operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run.
Bolton, who claimed he turned off Interstate 12 onto Airport Road because he was being chased, told Artigue that a snake had climbed up his pants, so he had stripped to his underwear.
The Slidell Police Department said no law enforcement agency was pursuing the vehicle Bolton was driving and it is suspected he was under the influence of narcotics.
Spokesman Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said that prior to the crash, "several people reported seeing Bolton driving erratically through the town of Pearl River and on Interstate 12."
Monday's events followed an incident in August when a Mississippi man was arrested for doing "donuts" on an airport runway and another on Mardi Gras when a man crashed through the main gate.
"It's crazy," Artigue said.