Man arrested on Hwy 2 after wild ride reported

A 52-year-old Calgary man was arrested and charged with dangerous driving after side-swiping one vehicle and rear-ending another on Hwy 2 on Sunday.

A 52-year-old Calgary man was arrested and charged with dangerous driving after side-swiping one vehicle and rear-ending another on Hwy 2 on Sunday.

Ponoka RCMP Traffic Services was notified of a red car that was driving in erratically north of the Ponoka turnoff. The motorist was operating the vehicle on one metal rim.

When officers failed to get the driver to pull over, a short chase ensued. But it was soon stopped for public safety reasons, due to the high volume of traffic on the highway.

As neighbouring RCMP detachments prepared to lay spike belts, the alleged dangerous driver continued north on Hwy 2. At one point, the suspect motorist lost control and entered the median, narrowly avoiding entering the opposing lane.

Near Hwy 13, the driver made an erratic lane change and lost control of the vehicle. His car side-swiped another vehicle and rear-ended a truck before leaving the highway.

Police arrested the motorist, who’s being charged with dangerous driving and fleeing from police.

His name cannot be released until charges are laid.

The male in custody is also being assessed for his mental health, as he told arresting officers he was on his way to heaven.

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