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Lyon airport: Police arrest man who smashed through terminal in auto

Lyon airport: Police arrest man who smashed through terminal in auto

He then fled the auto and ran along the runway as multiple police cars chased him, as caught on video.

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

The incident prompted the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, France's third largest.

Police said they began chasing a white Mercedes when it was spotted speeding the wrong way down the A43 highway that links Lyon to the Alps.

"Pursued by police, he smashed through Terminal 1 before reaching the runway area", the government prefect's office said in a statement.

The driver smashed his auto through a terminal and onto the runway.

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

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The driver then jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van.

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 motive of the driver, whose identity has not yet been made public, was not clear, the source said.

The man is then seen nearly crashing into an embankment and then fleeing on foot as he is eventually swarmed by police, despite his best efforts to outrun them.

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

The airport has been closed and all flights have been successfully grounded, according to reports.


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