Bullet found lodged in pickup after shots fired on Hwy 2

A bullet narrowly missed a 57-year-old driver on Highway 2 last weekend.

Ponoka RCMP are investigating an incident where shots were fired and lodged in a pickup on Highway 2 southbound Aug. 17 near Matejka Road.

A bullet narrowly missed a 57-year-old driver on Highway 2 last weekend.

The Calgary man was southbound on Highway 2 near Matejka Road in a rented grey Ford F150 when he heard a loud bang on the driver’s side door Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

He pulled over to investigate and located a large calibre bullet lodged in the frame of the driver’s side door just behind the driver’s seat. Police were notified and they began searching homes in the area but nothing was found. The matter is still under investigation but police don’t believe there was foul play in the incident. There were also three passengers in the truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Court appearance for speedster

Officers stopped a 2010 Hyundai after speeding at 187 km/h on Highway 2 near Ponoka. A 17-year-old boy from Blackfalds faces a mandatory court appearance as he was travelling more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit.

Mischief in cornfield

Police are looking at a second incident involving damage done to a cornfield. Sometime between Aug. 14 and 16 a vehicle entered a cornfield on Range Road 263A near Highway 53 and caused damage to an area of the field.

Some damage to the vehicle was caused and a bumper and fog light were found at the scene. The matter is under investigation.

Commercial trucker arrested

A 30-year-old Ponoka big-rig trucker is facing charges of impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle after providing two blood-alcohol samples of .16.

The man was driving a Ponoka-based commercial vehicle Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. southbound on Highway 2 and then exited eastbound on Secondary Highway 611. The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit received a call from a concerned motorist who was following the truck.

They reported the vehicle was swerving in and out of both ditches and then the man eventually stopped in the middle of the eastbound lanes, stepped out of the cab and urinated in the middle of the road. The witnesses then approached the man and said he should not be driving.

But the driver entered the truck again and proceeded south on Range Road 255 where he is reported to have been speeding and driving erratically. Officers intercepted the southbound truck but it took them about 1½ miles before the driver stopped.

Police say he blew through a stop sign at Township Road 432 at 80 km/h before he stopped. The man was arrested for dangerous driving and upon further investigation, police found an open, half empty mickey of rye in the vehicle and was carrying some drug paraphernalia. He has a history of impaired driving arrests.

The truck has been seized for seven days.

Naked man arrested

A complaint was made to police Aug. 15 at 11:50 p.m. to remove a man from a home on Highway 53 near Range Road 255.

A 32-year-old Ponoka man was visiting and drinking beers with friends but an argument occurred and the owners asked police to remove the man. Upon arrival officers found the man in the home naked and asleep.

Police gave the man a chance to put on some clothes before being arrested but he started to refuse and push his hands away. He was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser and brought to the detachment where he later urinated on the floor and walls of the cells.

He is charged with resisting arrest.

Man found dead in home

A 65-year-old Ponoka man was found hanging in his garage Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. on the 5000 block of 46 Avenue. Police consider the incident a suicide and do not believe there is any foul play.

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

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