Brunswick police say a vehicle crashed through a gate and struck a parked airplane at Brunswick Landing late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Contributed photo

A Brunswick man is facing charges after allegedly driving through a gate at Brunswick Executive Airport and striking a plane with a vehicle, according to police.

Cooper Brunswick Police

Police say they have charged Robert Cooper, 22, with aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years incarceration and a $5,000 fine.

Cooper was also charged with criminal trespass, leaving the scene of a property damage crash and operating without a license, Class E misdemeanors punishable by up to six months incarceration and a $1,000 fine.

He is scheduled to appear in Cumberland County Superior Court on March 16.

According to police, some time on Jan. 13 or 14, a vehicle crashed through a gate at the airport located in Brunswick Landing, a former Navy base. The vehicle struck the nose of a plane parked on the tarmac before hitting another fence and leaving, police said.

Police said they were tipped off to Cooper’s alleged involvement by someone who saw media reports regarding the incident. Cooper was completely cooperative with the investigation,” police stated.

According to Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart, damage to the airplane will cost at least $3,000 to repair. There is no estimate yet as to the cost of the damage to the airport gate and fence.

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