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Man arrested in extraordinary French airport car chase

Man arrested in extraordinary French airport car chase

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

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

French police arrested a man on Monday following a high-speed chase on the runway at Lyon airport after the driver rammed his auto into the terminal and drove through the building.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

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.

Officials said that earlier the man smashed through a security barrier at Lyon-Bron business airport, about 20 kilometres away, before turning back.

The auto is seen careening across the dirt and onto the runway before the fugitive throws himself from the vehicle and starts running.

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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.

Highway police and a police helicopter laid chase, the regional government said in a statement.

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

The airport has been closed and all flights have been successfully grounded, according to reports.

The Lyon prosecutors' office is investigating possible charges of attempted murder against the suspect.

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.

The driver abandoned his vehicle and tried to flee on foot but was surrounded by officers and arrested, an official at the local public prosecutor's office said.

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