On Oct. 24 the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a complaint of a dangerous driver on Highway 2 in Ponoka County.
Several complaints had been taken by 911 operators. The driver was stopped and displayed signs of impairment. The female driver, a 34-year-old woman from Goodfish Lake was arrested and charged with Impaired Driving, Drive Over .08 and Dangerous Driving. She is to appear in court Dec. 9.
On Oct. 25 the Ponoka RCMP received a complaint of fraud.
The complainant received an email from Apple computers stating she made a purchase two years ago. The complainant did not purchase this item, however, and was asked to provide her full name, address, credit card information, social insurance number, mother’s maiden name, date of birth and phone number.
The complainant called Apple and they stated that the receipts were fraudulent and that they may be used for identity theft. The RCMP advises residents not to give any personal information over the phone or via the Internet.
Woman charged as impaired
On the Oct. 26 at approximately 4:32 p.m. a Sheriff with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit was dispatched to Highway 2 for a possible impaired driver.
A black VW Golf was reported as driving erratically with varying speeds and weaving into other lanes, almost sideswiping other vehicles. The vehicle was located travelling northbound on Highway 2 near the Highway 12 overpass.
The vehicle was subsequently stopped and while the driver was in the process of pulling over to the shoulder she cut-off a semi tractor and almost rear-ended another vehicle. A strong odor of alcohol was noticed emanating from the vehicle.
The driver, a 34-year-old woman from Leduc, was arrested and charged with Adult Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle and Adult Impaired Care of Control over 80 mg. A court date is pending.
Gas and dash
On Oct. 28 the Ponoka RCMP attended to the Crestomere store in regards to a gas and dash.
A black Ford pickup extended cab, with large mud flaps and a large cable spool in the box of the truck, left the gas pumps without paying for $70 worth of fuel. The male driver was wearing a black hoodie and had short blonde hair.
Transfer station gates run over
Sometime during the evening hours of Oct. 29 damage was done to the Waste Transfer Station located on Township Road 430.
It appears that unknown suspects drove through the gates. Upon further investigation it was noticed that another gate, located further into the yard had been completely run over and was on the ground. Pieces of a front bumper were located belonging to a Ford Super Duty truck. File is currently under investigation.
ATV thief nabbed
On Oct. 30 at approximately 1:37 a.m. the Ponoka RCMP received a complaint of a man who had just stolen a Gator ATV from a property. The homeowner was able to provide police with a location of the male. A 42-year-old man from Red Deer was arrested and charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He is to appear in court on Dec. 2.
If you have any information about these, or any other crimes, please call the Ponoka RCMP at (403) 783-4472, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.