A wild car chase through rural Alberta, in which a fleeing driver threw money out his window, led to the arrest Monday night of a man suspected of robbing a CIBC branch in suburban Edmonton, police said.


A man grabs a wad of bills from a teller in this surveillance video of an armed robbery at a suburban Edmonton CIBC branch on Monday.

The chase began in New Sarepta, about 40 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, the Strathcona County RCMP detachment said in a statement Tuesday.

Thanks to a tip from the public, officers had identified a suspect in the robbery Monday, in which a heavy-set man who claimed to have a weapon made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a CIBC branch in Sherwood Park.

The man was seen driving in New Sarepta at about at 11:20 p.m. MT. But when RCMP tried to stop his car, he sped north on Highway 21 toward Edmonton, the Mounties said.

The man drove for about 20 kilometres before swirling the car around to avoid a spike belt that police had set up on the road. He then headed south to Secondary Highway 625 and west along it toward Nisku, accelerating to 140 km/h, police said. Along the way, he threw cash out of the car, which police believe was from the CIBC stickup.

The chase ended in Nisku when the man drove over a spike belt and came to a stop.

A 43-year-old man has been charged with four offences, including armed robbery and dangerous driving. He remained in custody Tuesday night and was to make a court appearance Wednesday in Sherwood Park.