Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Driver crashes through Lyon airport terminal and speeds on to runway

Driver crashes through Lyon airport terminal and speeds on to runway

An amateur video on social media showed the auto being chased by several police vehicles.

More than a dozen police cars and a helicopter pursued the fugitive up the wrong side of a motorway before he broke through security barriers at the Lyon Saint Exupery worldwide airport.

A man has been arrested by French police after a suspected vehicle ramming incident at Lyon Airport followed by a high-speed chase.

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

The dramatic runway chase, witnessed by an AFP journalist waiting on a plane at the airport, was captured in another amateur video shared thousands of times on social media.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes police proceeded to arrest the man but have not yet disclosed what he is being charged with.

The driver jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the probe. Police fired shots during the pursuit, the official said.

Lyon airport's operator suspended all flights after what it termed an "incident", before announcing later Monday afternoon that flights were "gradually resuming" and expected to be back to normal around 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).

There, the man rammed through more security barriers. There were no casualties.

A source close to the investigation is quoted as saying by Le Parisien that the suspect was driving at high-speed in the opposite direction on the highway before reaching the airport.

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