Police chase shuts down France's Lyon airport runway

Marsha Scott
September 11, 2018

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

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

A driver crashed through glass doors at Lyon worldwide airport and sped on to the runway before being chased down by police.

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

The man, aged 31 and believed to be French, was previously known to police only for traffic violations, in 2007 and 2009, the official said.

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".

"Arriving at the Lyon-Bron airport, he forced his way through the security barriers before heading towards the airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry where again, he forced the security barriers with his vehicle".

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The dramatic chase was captured in an amateur video posted on social media.

There, he rammed into automatic glass doors near the main entrance to Terminal 1 and drove through the building.

"While we were waiting on the runway to take off the pilot alerted us that there had been a "major incident" and the airport had been closed", Martial Leveque, 59, told AFP.

Flights were grounded until further notice, the airport tweeted.

After continuing for a few metres the driver abandons the vehicle while it is still moving and attempts to flee on foot.

As police closed in, the man then jumped out of the vehicle and ran away on foot.

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