France flights: Planes grounded at Lyon as police chase hits runway

Flight risk The dramatic car chase had begun on a nearby motorway when the driver of a Mercedes had refused to stop at a police check point

A spokesperson for the Rhône prefecture said of the incident: "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".

Up to twenty police cars and motorbikes, a helicopter and dozens of officers were deployed on Monday morning at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport in eastern France after a man managed to break through the security perimeter and drive his vehicle onto the runway.

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, aged 31 and believed to be French, was previously known to police only for traffic violations, in 2007 and 2009, the official said.

Lyon airport's operator suspended all flights after what it termed an "incident", before announcing later Monday afternoon that flights were "gradually resuming" and expected to be back to normal around 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).

The dramatic chase was captured in an amateur video posted on social media.

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The suspect was arrested by police, but a motive has not been given for the incident.

Authorities chase a person after they drove a vehicle across a field onto a runway at a major Lyon airport on Monday.

Flights were grounded until further notice, the airport tweeted.

As police closed in, the man then jumped out of the auto and ran away on foot.

The driver ran off when the vehicle came to a stop but was then arrested after being tackled by officers.