The police chase closes the Lyon airport after the fugitive units enter the TRACK to flee from the police

Flight risk: the dramatic car chase had started on a nearby highway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police checkpoint

The police chase closes the Lyon airport after the fugitive units enter the TRACK to flee from the police

  • Hunt for high-speed police cars on the runway at the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport
  • According to reports, the fugitive refused to stop at the police checkpoint
  • The driver forced entry to enter the runway, and was arrested shortly after
  • The airport in the southeast of France has been closed until this afternoon

Sara Malm for MailOnline

Lyon airport, in southeastern France, was closed after a high-speed police chase diverted from the road to the airstrip.

Local news reports that the chase had started on a nearby highway, where the driver of a Mercedes had been going the wrong way and refused to stop.

In a desperate attempt to escape justice, the driver crashed into a barrier at a small airfield before heading to Lyon's much larger Saint Exupery airport.

Flight risk: the dramatic car chase had started on a nearby highway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police checkpoint

Flight risk: the dramatic car chase had started on a nearby highway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police checkpoint

Video footage shows the police chasing the light-colored Mercedes on the Lyon Saint-Exupéry track on Monday morning.

The car is seen traversing the earth and going out onto the runway before the fugitive gets out of the vehicle and starts running.

In a matter of seconds, he is surrounded by at least a dozen policemen and several police cars and is arrested.

Nothing to run from: the driver forced a door at the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport and was filmed speeding up the runway before throwing himself out of the vehicle and starting to run.

Nothing to run from: the driver forced a door at the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport and was filmed speeding up the runway before throwing himself out of the vehicle and starting to run.

Nothing to run from: the driver forced a door at the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport and was filmed speeding up the runway before throwing himself out of the vehicle and starting to run.

Made for: You can see more than a dozen officers running after him on the track and the fugitive was captured on the scene

Made for: You can see more than a dozen officers running after him on the track and the fugitive was captured on the scene

Made for: You can see more than a dozen officers running after him on the track and the fugitive was captured on the scene

The airport has been closed until at least 6 p.m. local time.

Flights are diverted to Marseille or other nearby destinations.

The local government press officer Christelle Monteagudo said Monday that the man's motives were unknown and that nothing is ruled out at this time.

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