The Audi came to a standstill just before the fence of Leipzig Airport.  For security reasons and because of the proximity to the airport, the ABC alarm was triggered.

An abandoned Audi with weapons on the seats and suspicious powder caused a large-scale operation by the police and fire brigade on the A14.

The Audi came to a standstill just before the fence of Leipzig Airport. For security reasons and because of the proximity to the airport, the ABC alarm was triggered. © Erik-Holm Langhof/Lausitznews.de

The green Audi A3 with Bitterfeld license plates was noticed for the first time in the afternoon at Leipzig Central Station. There the driver had simply dismantled the closed barrier of the car park in order to be able to drive out without a ticket.

A little later, the car raced at breakneck speed over the A14.

The hitherto unknown is said to have harassed other vehicles and overtaken them on the hard shoulder – until he lost control of the car shortly before the Schkeuditzer Kreuz, flew off the road to the right, mowed posts and bushes.

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The Audi came to a standstill just before the fence of Leipzig Airport. The driver then fled on foot.

Police officers alerted by witnesses discovered several firearms and various powders in the car. For security reasons and because of the proximity to the airport, the ABC alarm was triggered.

Shortly thereafter, special forces from the North Saxony fire brigade arrived on the A14. They recovered the suspicious powder under full protective equipment.

After an initial investigation, the substances turned out to be harmless, said senior public prosecutor Ricardo Schulz. The guns were airsoft guns.

During the operation, a federal police patrol arrested the driver in the vicinity of the airport. It is a 39-year-old German from Saxony-Anhalt. The disturbed man was first taken to the psychiatric ward. The operation on the A14 lasted until 10 p.m.

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