Man Arrested in Extraordinary Airport Car Chase

Sep 11, 2018, 01:04
Man Arrested in Extraordinary Airport Car Chase

He smashed through another set of doors before emerging onto the runway, chased by about a dozen police vehicles as well as a helicopter.

Flights at an global airport in Lyon, France, have been grounded after a man rammed a auto into the terminal building the sped onto the runway, before eventually being detained.

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.

Video posted to social media and broadcast on French TV shows the closing moments of a dramatic chase scene, where a white vehicle speeds past the runway, with police in pursuit.

The airport, located 20km from the center of Lyon, handled over 10 million passengers in 2017.

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.

Nowhere to run The driver forced a gate at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport and was filmed speeding down the runway before he threw himself from the vehicle and started running

The suspect was arrested by police, but a motive has not been given for the incident.

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.

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

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

There, the vehicle rammed through two glass doors at the airport's Terminal 1 to drive onto the runways, she said.

Flights have been halted at the major French airport.

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