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An Alberta man faces 20 charges after a police chase ended with him driving a stolen car against traffic on Highway 2, forcing other drivers to swerve off the road and injuring two officers.

The incident began just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, when Didsbury RCMP responded to a call about a suspicious man in a car outside of a home in Carstairs, a town about 50 kilometres north of Calgary.

Officers found the man, who ran away on foot, RCMP said. The man reportedly then broke into a residence and started a van found in the garage. Police tried to remove the man from the van but he sped out of the garage, hitting the structure in the process.

RCMP lost track of the suspect, who drove out of Carstairs east on Highway 581 before exiting southbound on Highway 2, according to police.

The man crossed the centre median on Highway 2 and began driving southbound in the northbound lanes, leading RCMP to call in extra units from Innisfail, Olds and Airdrie. Officers say civilian drivers had to leave the highway in order to avoid a head-on collision with the van.

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