The airport was forced to temporarily close its runway as police tried to stop him.
Video posted to social media and broadcast on French TV shows the closing moments of a dramatic chase scene, where a white vehicle speeds past the runway, with police in pursuit.
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.
The majority of flights for the rest of the afternoon have been cancelled from Lyon Airport, with such airline as Air France and HOP! particularly affected.
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A video posted online showed the auto smashing into the building with a bang and showed the view afterwards of the smashed doors on either side.
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.
Flights were halted and a man was arrested Monday after speeding onto an airport runway in Lyon, France, officials said.
A source close to the investigation is quoted as saying by Le Parisien that the suspect was driving at high-speed in the opposite direction on the highway before reaching the airport.
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Followed by the forces of law and order, he drove into Terminal 1 with his vehicle before getting to the runway, where he was overpowered by those forces and arrested.
As police closed in, the man then jumped out of the vehicle and ran away on foot.
Flights were grounded until further notice, the airport tweeted.
The suspect then abandons the auto, and is surrounded by officers, who later arrested him.
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