May 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Ax-wielding man lights vehicle on fire in middle of B.C. highway: RCMP

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Jeremy Cohn / Global News

New Hazelton RCMP have arrested a man after a bizarre incident on Highway 16 near Cedarvale, B.C.

Mounties say a 39-year-old New Hazelton man allegedly lit a vehicle on fire in the middle of the highway on Sunday at around 4 p.m.

The man then started swinging an axe at passing motorists before fleeing to a nearby driveway when police arrived, RCMP say.

After a short negotiation, the man was arrested and faces charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, assault with a weapon, intimidation by blocking a highway, arson and mischief.

Anyone with information or video of the incident is asked to contact New Hazelton RCMP at 250-842-5244 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477  to remain anonymous.

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