Motorist clocked at 173 km/h on Highway 2

A Fort McMurray man was in for a shock when police stopped him after travelling at speeds in excess of 173 km/h on Highway 2 last week.

A Fort McMurray man was in for a shock when police stopped him after travelling at speeds in excess of 173 km/h on Highway 2 last week.

Police stopped the driver, a 27-year-old man, after clocking his Mitsubishi Lancer at such a high rate of speed. He was pulled over without incident and faces a mandatory court appearance.

Thieves nabbed near liquor store

Two drunks were surprised to be caught April 29 after stealing a 750-millilitre bottle of Crown Royal whisky.

Police say the couple stole the liquor at 5 p.m. from a liquor store on Highway 2A but were found a short time later in a nearby alleyway. A 33-year-old Calgary man and a 27-year-old woman from Maskwacis have been charged with theft under $5,000.

Open liquor in vehicle

Police stopped the driver of a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire after it drove between lanes May 1 on Highway 53.

The driver, a 51-year-old Camrose man, provided blood-alcohol samples of .07 and .06, below the legal limit. However a female passenger was charged with transporting an open liquor container. The driver received a ticket for driving carelessly.

Driver falls asleep, hits ditch

One motorist was lucky that all he hit was the ditch May 1 at 4:30 p.m. after falling asleep at the wheel.

Police responded to the call and found a silver Audi on Highway 2 on the west side of the road. A 68-year-old man from Edmonton said he was tired and fell asleep. He received a 24-hour suspension and had no injuries.

Learning without proper supervision

Police ticketed a 46-year-old Banff man with having no taillights running and driving without supervision last week.

He failed to turn on the running lights of the car May 1 at 11 p.m. The driver was stopped southbound on Highway 2 near the Bear Hills rest stop. There was a 31-year-old man in the back seat with a Class 5 licence and he received a ticket for being in the back seat while a learner was driving.

Motorcyclist found with open liquor

Passing a SUV on the shoulder of an on-ramp turned out to be a bad decision for a 35-year-old Edmonton man.

He was on a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle that had no licence plate and police witnessed his driving. After stopping the motorcyclist, it was determined the man had a nationwide prohibition from driving. He was charged with driving while disqualified, having no insurance and transportation of open liquor.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.