Lyon airport shut down after police chase on runway

Leroy Wright
September 10, 2018

Officers chase a man after he smashes his auto through a perimeter fence at Saint-Exupéry airport on Monday.

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.

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

In scenes captured on amateur video, the vehicle is seen hitting a bump, then going airborne and landing in a cloud of dust.

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

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All flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport were temporarily suspended.

The driver, dressed in dark clothing, then abandoned the auto and fled on foot.

There, the man rammed through more security barriers.

The driver was said to have been driving down the road in the wrong direction and caused "several accidents" before "forcing a toll barrier" and then two doors to gain entrance to the airport.

All air traffic to and from the airport was halted while the chase went on.

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