A speeding motorist helped secure his own arrest after police found two firearms in his vehicle last week.
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit pulled over the driver of a GMC Sierra Saturday, March 14 for travelling 144 km/h on Highway 2. A search of the man’s vehicle found the firearms unsecured and some drug paraphernalia was also located.
Police charged the 23-year-old Slave Lake man with unauthorized possession of firearms, driving while unauthorized and speeding.
Fraud victim sends money through wire transfer
A Kijiji online ad to rent a home with no specific address has proven to be an effective way of enticing money from victims.
The most recent case last week involved a person who was looking for a place in Red Deer. The 24-year-old woman found a home on the classifieds website Kijiji but there was no specific address, just a street location.
The business advertising the location is reported to have an address in England and the victim was asked to send wire transfer of money to their business. No contract was signed and the victim is now out of money as the apartment was not theirs to rent out.
Potential credit card fraud
Police are looking for two men believed to have a stolen credit card in their possession last week.
The two men entered a downtown store and attempted to buy some prepaid credit cards but when asked for identification, they became belligerent. One did provide some I.D. with the name Justin Trosseau from Quebec, but there was no further information.
Motorcyclist tagged at 180 km/h
A motorcyclist’s decision to speed up after police put on their emergency lights led to additional charges being laid.
Members of the traffic unit witnessed a Kawasaki Ninja 650 travelling at a high rate of speed last week and when they attempted to pull him over, the rider sped up to 180 km/h and went in between two vehicles.
He then slowed down and pulled over. Police charged the 24-year-old man from Calgary with dangerous driving, flight from police while being pursued, misuse of a licence plate and having no registration or insurance.
Last week’s police briefs story related to the double-rollover states the 39-year-old driver of the Chevy pickup was charged. The 39-year-old driver was indeed charged but was driving the Lexus. We regret the error.
Ponoka RCMP and the Integrated Traffic Unit took 99 calls for service.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.