This was the scene of a collision between a stolen truck and a school bus near Springbrook on Jan. 22. (File photo contributed by RCMP)

Red Deer man sentenced in carjacking

Sentenced to four years in prison

A Red Deer man charged in connection to a school bus collision and an armed robbery was sentenced to four years in prison.

On Jan. 22, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a head-on crash between a flatbed truck and a school bus with several children on board.

After the collision, the truck driver got out of the vehicle and brandished a handgun at a passerby who stopped to offer assistance. He then drove off in the passerby’s vehicle.

Neither the passerby or any school bus occupants were physically injured in the incident.


Carjacking victim would stop to help again

Jason William Ionson, 38, was recently sentenced to a prison term of four years, less eight months credit for pre-trial custody. He was also given a lifetime firearm prohibition and a four-year driving prohibition.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of property over $5,000, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and failing to stop after an accident.

Charges of assault with a weapon, committing an offence with an imitation firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon were all withdrawn.

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