Police pulled over the driver of a 1997 black Ford Escort Oct. 20 after noticing the licence plate did not match that of the vehicle.
A 29-year-old female driver was in the car with four children and the officer smelled the odor of liquor. She provided samples of .13 and .11. The woman was unable to provide proof of registration or insurance.
Suspended driver loses car
Police were called to the scene of a white 2007 Honda Civic in the ditch Oct. 14 at midnight. The car was found on Highway 2 near Secondary Highway 611. The call to the RCMP was placed by one of the four people in the car, three of whom were intoxicated. One was the registered owner but was not driving the car at the time of the incident, according to their testimony. The person who claimed to be driving the car was found to be unauthorized to command a vehicle at the time of the incident due to a suspended licence. And he was charged accordingly.
Three times over the limit
Slurred speech was a strong indicator to police that the speeder pulled over was impaired. A 34-year-old man from Saskatchewan was stopped after travelling at 121 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The Mountie noticed an odor of liquor from the man and he subsequently failed the roadside-screening device. He provided two blood-alcohol samples of .24 and .25.
GDL driver suspended
There is zero tolerance for a person with a graduated driver’s licence who drinks and drives. A 23-year-old Edmonton man learned the hard way that a breath sample of .02 is enough to give him a 30-day suspension and have his red 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee impounded for seven days.
The man was stopped on Highway 2 travelling at 142 km/h in a 110 km/h zone.
Customer didn’t pay his bill
A 34-year-old Ponoka man was charged with obtaining food by fraud Oct. 16 after being unable to pay his bar tab.
The man entered a restaurant on Highway 53 and proceeded to have some drinks the day before and attempted to walk out without paying. Police were called to assist and he said there was not enough money in his account but there would be more the next day.
He was given the opportunity to make a payment the next day but did not have the money so turned himself in at the detachment. He was charged and released with a promise to appear in court.
Sudden death at Centennial Centre
Police were asked to attend the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury Oct. 17 at 7:20 a.m. after the sudden death of a patient.
The patient was a 65-year-old woman and police believe no foul play is involved. A medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Man found sleeping in Reid Manor lobby
Residents at Reid Manor were asked to stay in their rooms Oct. 18 at 7 a.m. after a man was found sleeping in the lobby.
Police were called to assist and spoke with a 19-year-old man from Hobbema who it is believed was able to gain entry by pulling hard on the door. The man was intoxicated when he entered the manor and needed a place to sleep.
He was arrested and lodged until sober and received a warning.
Mischief at a high school
Sometime in the evening of Oct. 20, suspects drove onto the front lawn of Ponoka Secondary Campus and spun several donuts. The vehicle is believed to be a dark GMC or Dodge pickup as reported by a witness.
The vehicle continued onto the sports field and ripped up the turf and then drove through a gate in the northeast corner of the sports field. This is the second time mischief has occurred at the school grounds. Police are looking for suspects.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.