A Calgary man has been remanded in custody after assaulting a friend with a metal table leg.
Police were called to a residence on 54 Street to assist EMS and a victim of an assault Feb. 2 at 5:45 p.m. The victim, a 34-year-old Ponoka man, is believed to have been having fun wrestling with the attacker when things went badly for him.
The culprit, a 26-year-old Calgary man, became angry at losing and allegedly grabbed a table leg about the size of a baseball bat from the kitchen and proceeded to hit the victim with it. He aimed for the victim’s head; on the first hit, the victim raised his arm in defence, which broke his arm. The second hit found the victim’s head.
Witnesses were able to step in and stop the culprit from making further attempts to hit the Ponoka man. Police say the men were drinking alcohol at the time.
The culprit was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and two counts of breaching conditions not to drink alcohol. Police say he claimed he could not remember the assault after waking up the next day. The victim was treated for his wounds and released from the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre.
Police save suicidal male
Ponoka RCMP were called to assist an AWOL patient from the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury Jan. 28.
A 54-year-old Camrose man cut his wrist at a store parking lot and then called the Centennial Centre and stated he wanted to commit suicide. Police arrived and found the man in a Ford Bronco bleeding and intoxicated.
His wounds were “bandaged up” and police rushed him to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre for treatment before he was taken to the Centennial Centre.
Vehicle goes over bridge
Police and emergency crews were called at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to assist a motorist who went through an overpass near Morningside.
The driver, a 24-year-old man from Edmonton, had somehow gone over the guardrail and landed on the other side of the overpass. He was driving a 2012 blue Mazda A3I and received minor injuries.
The roads are reported to have been clear and dry at the time. The driver was charged with failing to drive in the centre of the lane.
Victim of assault caught impaired
A victim of an assault has been charged with impaired driving Jan. 31 at midnight.
Police were called to deal with an assault on the 5200 block of 50 Avenue and were told that the victim and the accused drove off in a white 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. Mounties located the vehicle and could smell liquor emanating from the vehicle.
The driver, a 42-year-old Red Deer man, was allegedly punched by the accused, a 23-year-old Red Deer woman, who was in the passenger’s seat of the car.
The man provided two blood-alcohol samples of .20 and .19 and the woman was arrested for assault and failing to comply with conditions. They both had warrants for their arrest in Red Deer.
Icy road conditions
Police and emergency crews dealt with numerous calls of vehicles in the ditch and rollovers due to icy road conditions last week.
One incident occurred after a 5-ton truck rolled in the ditch Feb. 1 at 5 a.m. northbound on Highway 2. Firefighters had to remove the front windshield to help the passenger, who did not have a seatbelt on, out of the vehicle. He received minor injuries and was treated and released.
The driver was charged with failing to maintain the centre lane.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.