Sep. 20, 2006
TAMPA, Fla. - The military was reviewing security procedures Wednesday
after two teens managed to drive a stolen car through a security
checkpoint and onto MacDill Air Force Base, which houses key command
centers in the U.S. war on terrorism.
Air Force spokesman Lt. Larry van der Oord declined to say how the
teens managed to get through the base's security checkpoint, which is
manned by armed guards.
"There will be an investigation and they will look at everything," van
der Oord said.
Tampa police first tried to stop the white Chrysler before dawn on
Wednesday but did not pursue it, instead notifying other officers to
watch for it. Officers reported the car moving at high speed across
town until it ran through one of the gates at MacDill.
Military police allowed Tampa officers onto the base to pursue the
car, and the base's own security forces were also alerted. The pursuit
ended when the teens, driving with their lights off on the base's main
road, slammed into a Tampa police cruiser.
MacDill houses both the U.S. Central Command, which oversees forces in
Iraq and Afghanistan, and U.S. Special Operations Command, the
coordination center for elite military units such as the Green Berets
and Navy SEALs.
Police arrested Davaraye Mungin, 16, of Tampa, and Damia Bowie, 16, on
a host of felony charges, including battery on a law enforcement
officer and grand theft auto. Police said federal charges also were
The teens suffered minor injuries in the crash. It was not immediately
known if they had attorneys.
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