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A central Alberta man who was knocked to the ground by an RCMP vehicle on a highway during his arrest faces weapons, assault and other charges.

Mounties say the suspect was carrying a gun Friday while walking along Highway 2A just south of Wetaskiwin, Alta.

A video of the arrest shows a man ignoring calls to drop the gun before a police cruiser bumps him twice from behind, causing him to fall.

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Police say he was taken into custody and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

RCMP say that while in hospital, the suspect attempted to escape, was combative toward officers and bit one officer.

Abraham Harvey Whitebear, who is 35, of Maskwacis, Alta., is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon, assault of a peace officer and other offences.

Police say he remains in hospital because of concerns for his well-being.

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