Pilot who landed plane on Coast Guard beach in Cape May surrenders

APE MAY, N.J. (AP/WTXF) -- The man who authorities say was piloting a single-engine plane that illegally landed on a Coast Guard beach in New Jersey has turned himself in.

Cape May County prosecutors say Jimmy Dahlen Jr. contacted them Wednesday. The 50-year-old Cape May man is charged with criminal trespass, but could face more counts.

Dahlen is a mechanic for Paramount Air Services, the banner plane company that owns the Piper PA12. The company's president -- who is also Dahlen's stepmother -- has said he stole the plane Sunday night, though it's not clear why.

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The plane landed on the beach of the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May around 8 p.m. Sunday. But authorities say Dahlen -- who is a student pilot -- fled the scene.

The plane wasn't damaged.

It wasn't known Wednesday if Dahlen has retained an attorney.

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