May 2, 2014 1:49 pm

Charges pending after driver crashes car, tosses gun into canal

CALGARY – Charges are pending against a man involved in a bizarre crash on Friday morning that injured several people.

It began just before 9 a.m. on Friday, when police attempted to pull over a Chrysler 300 in the area of Deerfoot Trail and 32 Avenue N.E.

Officers say the driver refused to stop, and sped away.

Shortly after, police received reports that the same vehicle was speeding along the shoulder of southbound Deerfoot Trail

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It travelled along the westbound 16th Avenue exit ramp, before crashing into the back of a grey minivan with a mother and her two children inside. It was then forced into a third vehicle.

As a Good Samaritan approached the driver of Chrysler to see if he was OK, he saw the suspect grab a handgun and throw it into a ditch, before running away. The man recovered it and stored it in his truck before heading back to help the injured family.

“It was a handgun-revolver,” said Mitchell Gray, who was at the scene. “He ran over, hucked it in the river and came back with a cigarette.”

However, the suspect ran back, grabbed the gun out of the truck, then threw it into a creek.

At that point, two witnesses ran after the suspect, and managed to subdue him until officers arrived at the scene.

“I just tried to help, and I thought if I chased him I’d be an extra set of eyes,” said Dahl Greenwell, who helped run after the suspect. “My colleague and I chased him, and helped lead to an arrest.”

The Calgary Fire Department Aquatics Team was called in to help police locate the weapon, and after it was pulled out of the creek it was sent away for testing.

The driver of the minivan and her two children were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Charges are pending.

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