Quick thinking from witnesses and a police dog helped catch a man who stole a blue 1998 Ford Mustang Nov. 27 at 12:45 a.m.
The owner, a 30-year-old Ponoka man, had entered a downtown bar, but left the vehicle running in an alley. The doors were locked but the Mustang was missing when he left the bar.
Unfortunately for the suspect, he hit the ditch on 40 Avenue and Highway 2A and had to escape on foot. A police dog was called in to follow the culprit’s tracks.
He was found shortly after at the Stampeder Inn. Witnesses helped confirm the identity of the suspect after passing information to police.
A 31-year-old man from Winnipeg, Man. has been charged with possession of stolen property.
Cruising on the highway
A 33-year-old Calgary man faces mandatory court time after being clocked 185 km/h Nov. 25 at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Highway 2.
He was southbound near Ponoka driving a 1999 gray Lexus when stopped.
Theft of ATV
Police are looking for suspects of the theft of a red and black 2010 Polaris Ranger XP 800 overnight of Nov. 26.
The ATV was taken from a rural property on Range Road 255 and Township Road 442.
Man dies from gunshot
The family of a 61-year-old man is dealing with his death after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man called 911 saying he was suicidal and shot himself shortly after. He was found deceased in his home.
Impaired from marijuana
Police have charged a 34-year-old Red Deer woman Nov. 30 at 1:40 a.m. after finding a small amount of marijuana in her vehicle.
Officers were on patrol on 51 Street and 63 Avenue when they stopped a 2000 GMC Jimmy. Due to an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, police searched the car and found a Ziploc bag with the drug. She was charged with driving while marijuana was in her system.
There were two break-ins Nov. 29: one at the United Church and one at the Seniors Drop-In Centre. A small amount of cash was taken from both locations but the damage to the doors is estimated to be more than what is missing.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.