Alberta man imprisoned for school bus crash, wrong way police chase

An Alberta man convicted of crimes that included crashing a stolen pickup truck into a school bus and a police chase involving a stolen semi-trailer truck has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Jason Ionson, who is 38, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty during what is known as a summary disposition appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Aug 6.

Court heard the Red Deer man was in a stolen truck on Jan. 22 when he slammed into the bus carrying seven children just south of the city, but no one was hurt.

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Ionson got out and brandished a handgun at a passerby who had stopped to help, then fled in that person’s vehicle.

On Feb. 16, he led the RCMP on a short chase when he tried to flee in a semi from a Sylvan Lake industrial park into oncoming traffic, but was arrested when police used a tire deflation device to bring the truck to a halt.

Ionson was given credit of eight months for time already spent in custody.

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The court was told Ionson drove the semi towards officers during his flight from the industrial park.

He then headed east toward Red Deer in the westbound lanes of a highway, but no one was hurt during the pursuit.

Police were following up on break-ins in the communities of Rocky Mountain House and Bentley when they ended up at the industrial park.

Watch below: (From January 2019) The victim of a carjacking at gunpoint near Red Deer on Tuesday is sharing her terrifying experience as police search for her vehicle and the suspect. Lauren Pullen reports.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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