Three Hills RCMP Sgt. Joe Sangster praised the actions of a female prison guard who was allegedly forcibly confined by an inmate on a day trip. CBC

A female correctional officer from Drumheller, Alta., was taken to hospital with minor injuries after she was allegedly overpowered by a male inmate returning from a day pass.

The officer was escorting the prisoner — who is serving time for second degree murder — back from a visit with his family in Buck Lake, Alta., on Tuesday night. Buck Lake is roughly two and a half hours southwest of Edmonton.

That's when the unrestrained Donald Junior Fowler faked being sick. When the guard pulled over, the inmate overpowered her, said RCMP.

Fowler, 32, allegedly choked her with his hands and seatbelt then tied her up, put her in the backseat and drove through the rural roads near Three Hills, northeast of Calgary, before she was able to convince Fowler to let her out at a rural intersection.

RCMP say the woman had some level of comfort with the inmate and had escorted him on at least one day trip before.

Three Hills RCMP Sgt. Joe Sangster is crediting the woman’s life skills with her escape.

"She impresses me with being a very smart and resilient individual and she did a fabulous job," said Sangster.

Fowler was arrested 45 minutes later without incident.

He is now facing seven new charges, including forcible confinement and assaulting a peace officer. He will be in court on Friday.

The corrections officer has been released from hospital with no physical injuries.

Drumheller Institution spokesperson Dawn Bancroft said the prisoner was not classified as being dangerous.

"Minimum security is the lowest level of security that an offender can achieve."

Drumheller Institution is reviewing its policies involving which inmates are allowed temporary day passes.