08/09/2016 19:08 EDT | Updated 08/10/2017 01:12 EDT

RCMP allege central Alberta man crashed into train while evading police

RED DEER, Alta. — Multiple charges have been laid against an Alberta man who is alleged to have crashed into the side of a CP Rail train while trying to evade police earlier this month.

Police say the incident in Penhold, Alta., began when they were called to a complaint of domestic assault at a home in the town.

They say when they arrived, a man brandishing a knife fled the scene in a vehicle, with RCMP giving chase.

Soon after, the man took a sharp turn off the highway and crashed into the side of a train.

The vehicle started on fire and the man had to be pulled from the wreckage and taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Geoffrey Charles Donaldson, 35, is charged with forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Donaldson is currently in custody and is next scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Aug. 15.

(CTV Calgary)