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Man arrested after driving onto runway at Lyon airport

The man crashed through two glass doors before reaching the runway, officials said.

A man has been arrested after ramming his car through two glass doors at Lyon’s international airport before speeding onto the runway.

Officials said the man’s motives are unknown and that nothing is being ruled out at this point.

A spokeswoman for the local government said the man first drove the wrong way down a major road and crashed into a barrier at a small aerodrome before heading to Lyon’s much larger Saint Exupery airport.

She said the car then rammed through two glass doors at the airport’s Terminal 1 before driving onto the runway tarmac.

Police who had been chasing him arrested the man on the runway.

In scenes captured on amateur video, the man’s car is seen hitting a bump, then going airborne before landing in a cloud of dust.

The driver then jumps out while the vehicle is still rolling, and sprints off on foot, pursued by a police van.

The video then shows other police vehicles and officers on foot try to cut off his escape until one of them catches up with the suspect and wrestles him to the ground.

Flights have been halted at the airport in south-east France.

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