A man arrested in Friday's multi-vehicle crash on Deerfoot Trail and 16 Avenue is now facing 12 charges.

Police say they had tried to pull over the 24-year-old Calgary man Friday morning for a traffic infraction, but he sped away.  A short time later,  they received reports of a vehicle speeding on the shoulder of southbound Deerfoot Trail.

That vehicle collided with the back of a minivan carrying a mother and two children, who were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Two men in a nearby pickup truck were also injured.

Deerfoot crash

The Calgary Fire Department Aquatic Team helped in the search for a weapon police say may have been dumped by the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on Deerfoot Trail Friday morning. (CBC)

Witnesses say the accused grabbed a handgun from the vehicle when they approached to help, then threw the weapon into a ditch before running from the scene.

A witness retrieved the gun from the ditch and placed it in his trunk, but said the suspect returned to take the gun.

The suspect allegedly threw the gun into the creek and tried to flee, but witnesses were able to subdue him until police arrived.

The Calgary Fire Department's Aquatic Team searched the creek for the gun and found it.

The accused is facing the following charges:

  • Having a firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Having a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a weapon obtained by crime
  • Flight from a police officer
  • Dangerous driving
  • Hit and run
  • Possession of a firearm or weapon contrary to a prohibition order
  • Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine)
  • Driving while unauthorized
  • Illegal window tint or glazing

He will appear in court on Monday.