Chaotic scenes as dozens of police chase man on French runway

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2018

Lyon airport in southeast France has been shut down after a high-speed police auto chase veered off the road and onto the runway.

Flights were grounded at Lyon-Saint-Exupery global airport after the vehicle hurtled across the runway zone before coming to a halt on rough ground next to the tarmac.

There is no information regarding the motive behind the individual's actions, but police are calling the situation "complicated". Authorities say police have arrested a man who rammed his auto through two glass doors at Lyon's worldwide airport and sped onto the runway.

An official at the local public prosecutor's office said the driver abandoned his vehicle and tried to flee on foot but was surrounded by officers and arrested.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes police proceeded to arrest the man but have not yet disclosed what he is being charged with.

Several flights were diverted to Marseille following the incident and the airport has confirmed flights have been suspended until further notice.

The driver the sped on to the runway, government spokeswoman Christelle Monteagudo told the Associated Press.

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