Man arrested after car-ramming at Lyon airport

Flight risk The dramatic car chase had begun on a nearby motorway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police check point

Flight risk The dramatic car chase had begun on a nearby motorway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police check point

France's Lyon airport halted flights on Monday when a driver being chased by police smashed his vehicle through a terminal building and onto a runway.

Officers said the vehicle had come onto the runway during a high-speed pursuit by police cars and a helicopter as it drove in the wrong direction along a nearby motorway.

Witness Davd Peste captured the extraordinary scenes on video.

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

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

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.

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Police sources told French media that the situation on the runway was "complicated".

There, the man rammed through more security barriers.

He said: "An individual drove his auto onto the runways at Lyon airport!" There were no casualties, authorities said.

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