Busy week on the roads for RCMP and sherrifs


  • Jul. 20, 2011 10:00 a.m.

A motorist is lucky to be alive following an accident on July 14, but most likely woke with a major headache.

The man was driving southbound on Highway 2 when he lost control of his truck, landing upside down in the west ditch.

An off-duty paramedic was the first on scene to assist the victim, who had left the vehicle at that time. When police arrived, a strong alcohol odour was detected. The driver insisted that he had two beer, but after a Breathalyzer test, police determined that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 per cent — almost twice the legal limit.

The driver was charged with impaired driving, obstruction of justice, dangerous driving and breach of recognizance.

Dodge, duck, dip dive and Dodge

A male driver is facing serious charges after being clocked at more than 200 km/h last week. The driver was travelling from Edmonton to Lacombe on Highway 2 on July 12 and put the pedal to the metal during the ride — much to the dismay of other drivers.

After receiving complaints from motorists, police tracked down the suspect on the highway between Ponoka and Hobbema.

It was discovered that the truck, which was a Dodge 4 x 4, had a chip installed which allowed it to go faster.

The driver is charged with possession of more than one license as well as dangerous driving.

Definition of a beater

A truck was taken off the road last week due to some crafty work by Ponoka RCMP last week.

A member noticed a vehicle from Tim Hortons on Highway 2A that had metal hanging from the front passenger side tire.

The member pulled over the female driver at the Boston Pizza parking lot and upon further inspection noticed even more problems with the truck that could be dangerous for other drivers.

After being asked to change the tire to one of two identical tires in the back of the truck, the driver became irate with the officer, saying that she would do it later.

Police noticed that the truck’s battery was improperly fastened and could possibly fall out at any time. The fender of the truck had also fallen off and been placed in the back of the truck.

Following the brief inspection, police seized the registration for the vehicle and had it towed to the garage of the driver’s choice.

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