Police looking for clues on tire thieves

Almost $10,000 worth of used tires were stolen from a tire dealership last week.

Almost $10,000 worth of used tires were stolen from a tire dealership last week. Ponoka RCMP are investigating the theft of a commercial trailer that three suspects used overnight of Nov. 20 to steal tires with. The 16-foot Haulmark Grizzly trailer was taken out of a lot with a black 2008 quad cab Dodge Ram.

Video surveillance footage shows three adult men taking the eight to 10 stacks of used tires from the shop. The truck, which was reported stolen from Sylvan Lake, and the trailer, were later found abandoned in Red Deer.

Red Deer police believe they have two of the suspects in custody after successfully locating two men Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. involved in a break and enter. Officers responded to a call of a break in on the 200 block of Duston Street in Red Deer.

One man was apprehended on the scene and two others fled police; one of those men used the truck and trailer to escape but later abandoned it.

Darrell Myshak, 38, from Sylvan Lake, Alberta has been charged with five counts of break and enter, possession of break in tools, flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and six counts of possession of stolen property.

Kyle Meckler, 28, of no fixed address has been charged with five counts of break and enter, possession of break in tools, flight from a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, six counts of possession of stolen property and two counts of breach of recognizance.

The third suspect remains at large. Red Deer RCMP say they have been in contact with Ponoka and Sylvan Lake detachments and it is believed these men have been committing crimes in the area.

Icy roads cause many collisions

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with seven reported vehicles in the ditch on Highway 2 Nov. 19 after inclement weather caused icy road conditions.

One incident involved a semi tractor hauling a Canadian Tire trailer. The vehicle was being driven by a 30-year-old male who lost control and hit the ditch at 11 a.m. There were no injuries and no charges.

That same day at 8 p.m. on Highway 2A south of Ponoka, a driver of a 2009 Nissan Titan collided with a moose. The 26-year-old Red Deer driver received no injuries from the collision.

Young family in rollover

Icy road conditions may have contributed to a 2002 Jeep Liberty rollover Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. The vehicle was northbound on Highway 2 when the 33-year-old male Calgary driver lost control and the vehicle rolled twice.

The driver and a 33-year-old passenger and her four-month old baby were trapped and the Ponoka Fire Department was called to assist. All three were transported to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre where they were treated and released.

The driver told police he was travelling at approximately 70 to 80 kilometres per hour during a snowy period. He was given a warning for driving too fast for the conditions.

Near miss with semi

The occupants of a stalled vehicle received a close call with a semi Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. after it collided with their vehicle. The car had stalled on Highway 2 and the occupants were pushing it off the road when a tanker truck, pulling an orange tanker, scraped the vehicle, narrowly missed the people and ripped the driver’s side door off.

He failed to stop after the collision.

Three times the legal limit

A 35-year-old driver of no fixed address was charged with impaired driving Nov. 20 at 10 p.m. after providing blood-alcohol samples of .27 and .24.

Police say they witnessed a 1996 Chevy Cavalier weaving in and out of lanes on 45 Street and then overcorrecting. A traffic stop was initiated and the officer could smell the odor of liquor on the man’s breath.

Driver left scene after collision

A 20-year-old female driver of a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire had a few questions after she collided with a pickup truck Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The woman was northbound on Highway 2A near Ponoka when the pickup pulled in front of her Sunfire suddenly. She rear-ended the pickup but the driver failed to stop after the collision.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.