Lyon airport: Police arrest man who smashed through terminal in vehicle

Aaron Brown
September 11, 2018

A dozen police cars and a helicopter were in pursuit and officers arrested him after he leapt from the stolen Mercedes.

PARIS Pursued by police vehicles, a man smashed a stolen auto Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a terminal and sped onto the runway, before being arrested.

Nobody was injured in the incident but several flights had to be diverted, according to the flight-tracking application Flightradar24.

The man, aged 31 and believed to be French, was previously known to police only for traffic violations, in 2007 and 2009, the official said.

The airport, located 20km from the center of Lyon, handled over 10 million passengers in 2017.

The driver smashed his vehicle through a terminal and onto the runway.

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The dramatic vehicle chase was captured on amateur video.

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

A source close to the case said the man suffered from psychiatric problems but did not have a police record.

Still chased by police, he then crashed through two glass doors at the airport's Terminal 1 to drive onto the runways.

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

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