Driver held after high-speed chase on Lyon airport runway

Driver held after high-speed chase on Lyon airport runway

Authorities chase a person after they drove a auto across a field onto a runway at a major Lyon airport on Monday.

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.

Authorities say police have arrested a man who rammed his auto through two glass doors at Lyon's global airport and sped onto the runway.

The motive of the driver, whose identity has not yet been made public, was not clear, the source said.

The motorist then abandons the vehicle and continues on foot, weaving his way past several cars before being wrestled to the ground by officers.

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While authorities have yet to establish the motive behind the attack, an investigation has been launched into the violent spree. It is reported a man of Afghan nationality has been arrested and the incident is not being treated as terrorism, police said.

Extraordinary footage shared online shows the dramatic moment dozens of police officers give chase across the tarmac.

The man was first spotted driving the wrong way on the A43 highway that links Lyon to the Alps.

Lyon Saint-Exupéry, France's third busiest airport, was closed and about 50 flights cancelled after the man, in his 30s, smashed through a security barrier today and drove through the terminal, on to the airport apron and then the runway.

A white auto can be seen speeding through a field toward the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry global airport on Monday.

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