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Lockdown at Naval State Great Lakes lifted after ‘gate runner’ breached security checkpoint

File Photo | Naval Station Great Lakes.

Naval Station Great Lakes was placed on lockdown Friday while local, state and federal law enforcement searched the area for a vehicle, driven by a base employee, who did not provide credentials at a security gate.

“RUN, HIDE, FIGHT! ALL PERSONNEL, LOCKDOWN. TAKE COVER IN NEAREST BUILDING OR STRUCTURE. AWAIT INSTRUCTION. ALL GATES ARE CLOSED,” a Facebook post from Naval Station Great Lakes said at 7:20 a.m. Friday.

Base authorities said that around 7:09 a.m., a black Toyota Camry made an ‘unauthorized entry’ into Gate One at the base. The driver did not follow directions of the gate sentry.

Base officials immediately locked down the main side of the base and initiated force protection measures. A search for the suspect and vehicle began.

“With support from local, state and federal law enforcement, the vehicle was found at approximately 9:30 a.m. (CST) and shortly thereafter, the driver was located. The driver is an employee on the base with authorized access,” authorities said in a statement.

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The vehicle and surrounding area were swept by military and police canines and several buildings were evacuated after the driver was taken into custody.

There were no injuries or damage to property during the incident. In an incident unrelated to the gate runner, a vehicle caught on fire outside of the base, base authorities said.

It is unknown if any charges are being filed. Restrictions have since been lifted for all entrances except the main gate.

Graduation was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday but was delayed an hour until 10 a.m. due to “a variety of circumstances this morning,” the base said.


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