Flights Halted At Lyon Airport After Car Smashes Through Runway

Officers chased and reportedly shot at the silver Mercedes which caused several accidents after driving the wrong way up a nearby highway.

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  • Flights at a major French airport were stopped after a dramatic police pursuit unfolded on the runway.

The man rammed his car through toll gates at a major French airport and sped down the runway before being arrested by police.

All flights at an airport in Lyonin France came to a grinding halt after the man ploughed through the gates of the airport and sped onto the runway.

Officers chased and reportedly shot at the silver Mercedes which caused several accidents after driving the wrong way up a nearby highway.

Around 20 police cars, motorcyclists and a helicopter chased the man down as the car sped towards the runway.

Following the incident, Saint-Exupéry airport in Lyon was shutdown and all flights stopped.

A spokesperson from the airport said the incident occurred mid-morning on Monday.

“Around 10.30 this morning an individual travelling in the wrong direction on the A43 motorway was pursued by members of the motorway CRS (police) and a helicopter from the National Gendarmerie," a spokesperson said.

“Arriving at the Lyon-Bron airport, he forced his way through the security barriers before heading towards the airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry where again, he forced the security barriers with his vehicle."

French gendarmes and police arresting a man on the tarmac of Lyon's Saint-Exupery airport after he managed to get in the runways with his car without doing any injury, on September 10, 2018 in Colombier-Saugnieu. Credit: Getty Images

“Followed by the forces of law and order, he drove into Terminal 1 with his car before getting to the runway, where he was overpowered by those forces and arrested.”

French police say an investigation into the incident has been opened.