Man arrested in France after airport car chase

Man arrested in France after airport car chase

An amateur video on social media showed the auto being chased by several police vehicles.

Video posted to social media and broadcast on French TV shows the closing moments of a dramatic chase scene, where a white auto speeds past the runway, with police in pursuit.

The auto then rammed through two glass doors at Saint Expuery's Terminal 1 to drive onto the tarmac.

In a desperate attempt to flee justice, the driver crashed into a barrier at a small aerodrome before heading to Lyon's much larger Saint Exupery airport.

The dramatic chase was captured in an amateur video posted on social media.

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

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Another official with direct knowledge of the investigation said there was no immediate evidence pointing to a terrorist motive.

Police said they began chasing a white Mercedes when it was spotted speeding the wrong way down the A43 highway that links Lyon to the Alps. The vehicle he used as a battering ram was stolen, the official added.

There, the vehicle rammed through two glass doors at the airport's Terminal 1 to drive onto the runways, she said.

Lyon airport's operator suspended all flights after what it termed an "incident", before announcing later Monday afternoon that flights were "gradually resuming" and expected to be back to normal around 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).

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

"While we were waiting on the runway to take off the pilot alerted us that there had been a "major incident" and the airport had been closed", Martial Leveque, 59, told AFP.

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