Ponoka RCMP had to move quickly after a motorcyclist clipped the mirror of a stopped car during a traffic stop.
Police had pulled over a vehicle east of Ponoka on Highway 53 June 21 at 2 a.m. for possible impaired driving and while the Mountie was speaking with the driver, a motorcyclist, driving on the shoulder clipped the passenger’s side mirror of the stopped car.
The biker, a 42-year-old man from Ponoka, failed to stop at the scene and officers were immediately called to find the man. A short time later, the first officer saw the biker return to the scene and tried to wave him down, but he failed to stop.
He was eventually found at his home and arrested. The biker was charged with failing to remain at the scene and the event is still under investigation.
The driver of the car that was originally stopped provided a caution on her roadside screening device. She is a 20-year-old from Maskwacis and as she had a graduated driver’s licence, her car was seized for seven days. There were seven people in the car that could accommodate five people.
STARS called in after Highway 2 collision
Emergency crews were called June 18 at 8:15 a.m. to aid a 19-year-old Edmonton man who was ejected from a white Chevy Express van.
The vehicle was southbound on Highway 2 just south of the Highway 53 overpass when the van hit the ditch and collided with a tree.
The driver did not have a seatbelt at the time and was thrown approximately 30 feet before landing on a tree branch. STARS Air Ambulance from Edmonton flew in to transport him for care.
The severity of his injuries are unknown.
Open beer cans in vehicle
A Check Stop helped catch an impaired driver from Bentley June 21 at 1:45 a.m.
Police held the stop at 50 Street and 53 Avenue when they stopped a 2004 Honda Civic. There were open beer cans inside the vehicle.
A subsequent breath sample of the 24-year-old Bentley driver showed blood-alcohol amounts of .19 and .18.
Erratic driver stopped
Calls of a dangerous driver June 21 at 6:40 p.m. helped nab a 21-year-old Montreal, Que. motorist.
The driver was operating a rented 2014 Chevy Camaro and is reported to have been driving erratically and passing on the shoulder. The driver received tickets for careless driving, speeding, distracted driving and following too closely.
Police stopped a driver at almost three times the legal limit June 21 at 11:30 p.m.
Officers say they witnessed the driver of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am take a corner too wide and sharply overcorrect.
The motorist, a 22-year-old woman from Maskwacis, provided two blood-alcohol samples of .22 and .21. It was determined she was also driving while suspended.
Another motorist provided two blood-alcohol samples of .23 June 22 at 3 a.m.
The 31-year-old Maskwacis man was driving a 1997 GMC Sierra when stopped and there were three passengers in the vehicle.
Gas and dash
Police are looking for the culprit involved in a $40 gas-and-dash June 17 at 5 a.m.
Witnesses state a white four-door pickup with a licence plate that did not match the vehicle drove off without paying for the gas.
Ponoka RCMP and the Integrated Traffic Unit received 62 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.