FILE – In this Dec.17, 2011 file photo, a passenger waiting for his flight during a strike at the airport Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, central France. The authorities say that police arrested a man who rammed his car through two glass doors in Lyon’s international airport and flew on the track. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
PARIS Chased by the police vehicles, a man struck his car Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a busy terminal and ran on the track, before they are arrested.
In scenes recorded on amateur video, the car was seen hitting a bump, the air and landing in a cloud of dust at the Lyon international airport Saint Exupery. The driver jumped out while the car was still rolling and he sprinted off on foot, chased by a police van.
Other police vehicles and officers on foot tried to cut off his flight until one of them managed to catch up with the suspect and wrestle him to the ground, the video showed.
The man’s motives were unknown and there was nothing is excluded, the regional government press officer Christelle powder room said.
The man was first spotted driving the wrong way on the A43 motorway from Lyon to the Alps. The highway police and a police helicopter put chase, the regional government said in a statement.
The man then rammed into security barriers at the airport, Lyon Bron airport is used for business flights, before driving to the nearby, larger Saint-Exupery airport, where flights were quickly suspended.
There, the man rammed through more security barriers. Still being pursued by the police, he crashed through two glass doors on Terminal 1 of the airport to drive to the start and runways, authorities said.
All air traffic at the airport was halted. There were no victims, authorities said.
The Lyon prosecutor’s office is investigating.