Red Deer-area truck driver arrested after dangerous chase down Hwy 2

Suspect first attempted crashing stolen tanker truck into a Crossfield bank.

A Central Alberta man was arrested after trying to crash a tanker truck into a bank, and driving in the wrong lanes of Hwy 2.

Airdrie Rural RCMP officers was dispatched to a Crossfield bank at about 4 a.m. Tuesday after a complaint that a driver was attempting a break-in with his large tanker truck.

Before getting to the scene, police spotted the suspect truck driving southbound on Highway 2A. When the truck driver failed to pull over at an attempted traffic stop, a chase began.

Police pursued the truck through the towns of Carstairs and Olds, where the truck driver was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of Hwy 2.

The truck eventually crashed into a field near Bowden, where police started to chase the driver on foot. The suspect was apprehended and arrested. Further investigation revealed the truck was stolen out of Red Deer.

The male is in police custody, with charges pending. He’s believed to be associated with other offences from the Red Deer area. Drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors. The investigation continues.

Anyone with further information is asked to please call Airdrie Rural RCMP at (403) 945-7200.