Man arrested after extraordinary airport car chase

Police car chase closes Lyon airport after fugitive drives onto the RUNWAY to flee cops

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

A driver crashed through glass doors at Lyon worldwide airport and sped on to the runway before being chased down by police.

The driver first smashed through a security barrier at the Lyon-Bron business airport before changing direction and heading to Lyon's main Saint-Exupery airport, about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) away.

The dramatic runway chase, witnessed by an AFP journalist waiting on a plane at the airport, was captured in another amateur video shared thousands of times on social media.

The driver then jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van.

A police source added that the man's motives were not yet known. "You should be vigilant in public places and follow the advice of local French authorities", they advise.

There he rammed into automatic glass doors near the main entrance to Terminal 1 and drove through the building, smashing through another set of doors before emerging on the runway, chased by about a dozen police vehicles and a helicopter. Police fired shots during the pursuit, the official said.

Followed by the forces of law and order, he drove into Terminal 1 with his auto before getting to the runway, where he was overpowered by those forces and arrested.

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

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

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