Ponoka RCMP handled 53 calls for service last week with various issues. The following are some of the highlights:
A vehicle traveling at 160km/h was seized by police as no-one in the car, including the registered owner, had a valid license.
Police stopped the vehicle Feb. 14 at 11 p.m. on Highway 2 and found open liquor in the vehicle. Upon investigation police found that the driver, a 25-year-old Quebec man, did not have a valid licence and was driving while disqualified.
The vehicle, a 2013 black Ford Fusion, was found to be uninsured and the registered owner was a passenger in the vehicle with open liquor. There was another passenger who also had open liquor in the vehicle.
Officers with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit charged the driver with driving while disqualified. The registered owner received several charges, including having open liquor in a vehicle and having an uninsured vehicle.
Driver fails to follow Stop sign
Two motorists received a close call Feb. 12 after a t-bone collision at a Stop Sign on Highway 2A and 53 Avenue.
A 55-year-old Wetaskiwin woman failed to follow rules of the Stop sign and her 2000 Dodge Caravan collided with a 2001 grey Dodge Ram pickup. There were no injuries in the collision.
Motorist with open liquor refuses tow bill
Rather than pay a tow bill, a motorist now faces charges of open liquor in a vehicle.
The registered owner called a tow company Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. on Highway 2 after running out of gas. But after refusing to pay the tow bill police were called in to assist. Further investigation found that the driver and passengers in the vehicle did not have driver’s licenses and one passenger had open-liquor in the vehicle.
Collision on Highway 53
A 54-year-old Ponoka woman was charged Feb. 12 at 3:45 p.m. with failing to proceed safely after an intersection after she collided with another vehicle.
Two vehicles were involved in the collision at Highway 53 and 50 Street. There were no injuries and one vehicle was towed.
Forgotten gas nozzle
A forgetful Ponoka man was surprised to find a gas nozzle in his vehicle when he arrived home last week.
The man filled up the gas tank of his vehicle Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., paid for the gas and proceeded to drive away without putting the gas nozzle back in the fueling station. No charges were laid.
Impaired driver hits ditch
Police have charged a 19-year-old Ponoka man with impaired driving Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. after hitting the ditch.
The man was driving a 2001 steel coloured Dodge Ram when he hit the ditch on Township Road 431 near Range Road 271A. Officers could smell the odor of liquor from the man’s breath and arrested him. He provided blood-alcohol samples of .23 and .22.
Wigs and toy guns found
Two wigs, fake moustaches and two toys guns were found in a trash receptacle on Highway 2 last week.
A public service employee was cleaning out a garbage receptacle at a rest stop Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. when they located the mysterious items. Police were notified and the incident is under investigation.
Motorist denies speeding
Concerned drivers called police over a 2013 white C300 Mercedes driving at high speed.
RCMP were unable to intercept the driver Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. but called the registered owner as they were provided with a licence plate number. A Calgary woman answered and denied speeding.
Shortly after the woman was pulled over near Leduc as she was clocked at 146 km/h.
A 28-year-old Athabasca man was charged with impaired driving Feb. 11 at 6:11 p.m.
Police responded to a complaint of an erratic driver of a 2006 Chevy Silverado, and upon stopping the vehicle, could smell alcohol emanating from the car. Results of the blood-alcohol samples provided were not available at press time.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.