France's Lyon airport halts flights as police chase shuts down runway

The auto is seen careening across the dirt and onto the runway before the fugitive throws himself from the vehicle and starts running.

French police have arrested a man after he rammed his auto through the glass doors of a terminal and onto the tarmac at Lyon airport.

A spokesperson for the Rhône prefecture said of the incident: "Around 10.30 this morning an individual travelling in the wrong direction on the A43 motorway was pursued by members of the motorway CRS (police) and a helicopter from the National Gendarmerie".

Highway police and a police helicopter laid chase, the regional government said in a statement.

Flights were halted and a man was arrested Monday after speeding onto an airport runway in Lyon, France, officials said.

He then headed toward Lyon's Saint-Exupéry global airport, before ramming the auto through two glass doors and through a terminal building, Reuters reported, citing police and law-enforcement sources.

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The Lyon prosecutors' office is investigating possible charges of attempted murder against the suspect.

"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".

It then headed for Lyon's main Saint-Exupery airport, when it slammed into the Terminal 1 entrance and onto the tarmac, pursued by police, an AFP journalist who witnessed the scene said.

Other police vehicles and officers on foot then tried to cut off his escape until one of them managed to catch up with the suspect and wrestle him to the ground, the video showed.

Flights at the airport were grounded.

The driver speeds onto the runway only to abandon his vehicle as he is surrounded by officers.

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