Man Arrested in Extraordinary Airport Car Chase

Man Arrested in Extraordinary Airport Car Chase

Man Arrested in Extraordinary Airport Car Chase

Another eyewitness told BFM TV how he saw the auto "drive through an automatic gate at the terminal, making a deafening sound in the process".

French police arrested a man Monday following a high-speed auto chase on the runway at Lyon airport after he rammed his vehicle into a terminal and drove through the building.

He then smashed into a toll booth and charged across airport land chased by 20 police and gendarmerie cars, motorcyclists and a helicopter.

Police said they began pursuing the white Mercedes when it was spotted speeding the wrong way down a nearby motorway.

The motorist then abandons the vehicle and continues on foot, weaving his way past several cars before being wrestled to the ground by officers.

Flights were halted at an airport in Lyon after a man drove a vehicle onto the runway.

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The driver first smashed through a security barrier at the Lyon-Bron business airport before changing direction and heading to Lyon's main Saint-Exupery airport about 20km away.

The airport was forced to temporarily close its runway as police tried to stop him.

The driver, dressed in dark clothing, then abandoned the auto and fled on foot.

Local government press officer Christelle Monteagudo said Monday that the man's motives were unknown and that nothing is being ruled out at this point.

The airport's operator said a Twitter that after an "incident" traffic had been suspended until further notice.

He added that auto was "almost certainly stolen", with a source close to the inquiry saying it had Luxembourg license plates.

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