France's third-busiest airport in lock-down after suspected auto ramming

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French police have arrested a man after he rammed his auto through the glass doors of a terminal and onto the tarmac at Lyon airport.

There he rammed automatic glass doors near the main entrance to Terminal 1 and drove through the building, injuring a worker and smashing through another set of doors before emerging onto the runway, where he was chased by about a dozen police vehicles as well as a helicopter. Police fired shots during the pursuit, the official said.

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

The dramatic vehicle chase was captured on amateur video.

It showed the vehicle hitting a bump at one point, being lifted off the ground by the impact and then landing again in a cloud of dust, movie style.

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The man is then seen nearly crashing into an embankment and then fleeing on foot as he is eventually swarmed by police, despite his best efforts to outrun them.

The man then rammed into security barriers at Lyon's Bron airport used for business flights, before driving to the nearby, larger Saint-Exupery airport, where flights were quickly suspended. It was not clear whether he was armed.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which led to the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, situated in the east of the city.

The man's motives were unknown and nothing was being ruled out, regional government press officer Christelle Monteagudo said. He also wasn't on the country's watchlist for suspected radicalization.

Before breaking into the airport, the unnamed suspect had driven up the motorway the wrong way for several miles and caused multiple accidents.