Rocky man in custody following high-speed chase

A Rocky Mountain House man is in custody following a 125-km high-speed pursuit that included the driver narrowly missing hitting a police officer on Tuesday.

A Rocky Mountain House man is in custody following a 125-km high-speed pursuit that included the driver narrowly missing hitting a police officer on Tuesday.

The 22-year old was arrested after leading the RCMP and Calgary City Police on a chase that started in Strathmore, wound through Calgary and ended in Cochrane.

Sgt. Kevin Reilly of Strathmore RCMP said on Wednesday that the incident started about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when a Strathmore officer attempted to stop a vehicle speeding through the town.

The vehicle was travelling west at about 150 km/h on the TransCanada Hwy, which runs through town. The speed limit is 60 km/h.

The driver and vehicle fled.

Numerous complaints were reported in the area northwest of Strathmore, including that the suspect vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road, Reilly said.

Later, on Secondary Hwy 564, the suspect vehicle approached an officer’s vehicle, swerved into the oncoming lane and headed directly towards the parked police cruiser. The vehicle narrowly avoided hitting the officer.

The suspect vehicle continued speeding into the City of Calgary, then headed north on Hwy 2, where it struck three vehicles.

The suspect turned west south of Airdrie and travelled down a range road toward Cochrane.

Cochrane RCMP stopped the suspect vehicle without further incident.

Charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police and hit-and-run are pending, Reilly said.