Number of public drunk rises with weather

  • May. 4, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Public drunkenness on the rise

Ponoka RCMP have been dealing with an influx of public intoxications due to warmer weather. Cells were full over the weekend with people who had too much to drink and took to the streets.

Assault on officer

On April 24 a Ponoka man was seen brandishing a knife. Police responded and caught up to the individual where it was learned he was wanted on outstanding warrants. While trying to arrest the man he fled from police and during the process kicked a peace officer. The police tracked him down, arrested him and transported him to cells.

One accident leads to another

On May 2 the RCMP responded to an accident on Highway 2. A woman traveling north rolled her vehicle in the centre meridian after she was distracted while pulling down her visor. The accident happened two miles south of the Highway 2 —2A split. The driver of the rolled vehicle was transported to hospital in Lacombe. A passer-by pulled over to the middle shoulder to make sure the vehicle was okay and was subsequently side-swiped by a truck and trailer traveling at highway speeds.

Impaired charges laid

The police issued three impaired driving charges in the last week. Two of the charges were within town limits, with the third occurring on Highway 2.

Big ticket month in Ponoka

May is a big-ticket month for the Ponoka RCMP. Police will be addressing traffic infractions throughout the month setting up a variety of check stops to make sure traffic regulations are being followed. RCMP remind the public to slow down, make sure registrations and licenses are up to date and obey all traffic rules.