Man arrested after crashing car through barriers, onto runway at Lyon airport

Man arrested after crashing car through barriers, onto runway at Lyon airport

Man arrested after crashing car through barriers, onto runway at Lyon airport

Lyon airport in southeast France has been shut down after a high-speed police auto chase veered off the road and onto the runway.

Lyon police have confirmed the individual was driving a white auto on Highway A43 from Bron towards the Lyon's major airport when he drove into security barriers on the highway.

An AFP journalist who was waiting in one of the planes on the runway saw police vehicles pursuing the man.

A passenger waited for his flight, in December 2011, during a strike at Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, central France.

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

Extraordinary footage shared online shows the dramatic moment dozens of police officers give chase across the tarmac. The vehicle he used as a battering ram was stolen, the official added.

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

She said the man first drove the wrong way on the A43 highway and crashed into a barrier at a small aerodrome before heading to Lyon's much larger Saint Exupery airport. There were no casualties.

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