PARIS — A man believed to be under the influence of drugs — and possibly suicidal — deliberately rammed his car into a pizzeria east of Paris on Monday night, killing an adolescent girl and injuring her younger brother and 12 others, authorities said.
An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.
French officials say the driver who steered into patrons of a pizza restaurant east of Paris clearly acted intentionally, but they have no reason so far to suspect a terrorist motive.
France's Interior Ministry says the man was apparently suicidal. Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that the man was born in 1985 and was believed to have tried to commit suicide last week.
A judicial official said Monday that the Paris prosecutor's office, which oversees French terrorism investigations, was not involved in the case because there was no proof of terrorism at this stage.
A security official said there is no evidence of a political or Islamic extremist motive.
But both officials say authorities view the driver's actions as intentional. They were not authorized to be publicly named.
An Algerian man drove his car into a group of French soldiers last week, and a truck attack in the French city of Nice left 86 people dead a little more than a year ago. Several other countries have seen cars used as weapons in recent years.