Emergency crews attended the scene of a rollover in downtown Ponoka that resulted in one driver being trapped in his vehicle.
The rollover occurred Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. after the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla failed to stop at a Stop Sign on 51 Street. The Corolla was southbound on 51 Street and collided with the passenger’s rear side of a Honda Ridgeline that was eastbound on 48 Avenue.
The Corolla continued southbound on 51 Street and then turned west on 47 Avenue. The driver appears to have taken the corner too sharply and ended up hitting a post and then a tree stump on the sidewalk, which resulted in the Corolla rolling onto its side, trapping the driver.
Ponoka firefighters extricated the 68-year-old driver, who is believed to have suffered minor injuries. It is believed the 70-year-old driver of the Ridgeline also suffered minor injuries. Police issued a ticket to the 68-year-old man for failing to obey a Stop Sign.
Youths and man flee from stolen vehicle
Driving a stolen vehicle in an erratic manner proved to be a bad idea for a 22-year-old man with three youths in the vehicle.
Officers responded to calls of a silver 2011 Toyota Tundra, with no lights on, being driven in an erratic manner on Highway 2. The Tundra was located and stopped in the westbound lanes of Highway 53.
Once officers got closer to the vehicle, the driver pulled away and continued on. Eventually the pickup was found in the ditch with no one inside. The 22-year-old man later returned to the scene.
Police dog services was called in and three youths were located. Their ages are 13, 14 and 15. The 22-year-old was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle while being pursued, possession of stolen property and driving with no insurance or licence.
The 14-year-old Onoway youth was charged with possession of stolen property, failing to comply with probation and breach of a youth order. Charges of the other two were not available at production time.
Man arrested for making threats to woman
Police were called to a home on 54 Avenue Monday, April 20 over reports of a man threatening violence on a woman.
Officers received a complaint that a 33-year-old man from Clearwater County threatened violence against a Ponoka woman.
The man was arrested by Red Deer RCMP and he was charged with uttering threats of violence and property damage.
There were children in the home at the time of the incident.
Police are investigating the theft of a chainsaw from a home on 58 Street. The theft of the chainsaw and other tools occurred from a garage overnight of April 21. There are no suspects.
Officers are on the lookout for a green GMC Sierra with a licence plate of BGY 5437 that was taken from the Calnash Ag Event Centre last Friday.
The theft occurred April 24 between 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Police say the keys of the truck were in the vehicle and so was the owner’s wallet. A credit card from the wallet was used in Lacombe some time after the theft.
Semi tractor drives through field
The driver of a semi tractor had some explaining to do after his tractor drove right into a field before finally coming to a stop.
The 42-year-old Calgary man received a ticket for failing to drive in the centre lane after he drove into the field April 21 between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. The truck was on Highway 2 near Menaik Road when it went off the road.
Teenager charged with impaired driving
Police charged a 19-year-old Ponoka teenager with impaired driving after a traffic stop April 26.
The driver was stopped on 54 Street in a 1981 Ford pickup at 3 a.m.
After smelling an odor of liquor from the vehicle, the 19-year-old driver was arrested and taken to the detachment where he supplied two blood alcohol samples of .10. There were also two 18-year-old teenagers and one 17-year-old in the vehicle.
Marijuana, rifle found in police search in Maskwacis
A search warrant on the Samson Cree Nation yielded marijuana, a .22 calibre assault rifle, ammunition and scales.
The search was held Thursday, April 23 with Maskwacis RCMP, the community response unit and police dog services where two men had been arrested.
A third man was arrested in the Ermineskin town site. Police charged Jonah Wes Applegarth with several charges including possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a firearm contrary to an order and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Ponoka RCMP and the Integrated Traffic Unit received 108 calls for service last week.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.