Police investigating spate of vandalism in Riverside area

Homes, vehicles and sheds received their fair share of spray paint overnight on March 14.

Homes, vehicles and sheds received their fair share of spray paint overnight on March 14.

It appears culprits spray painted slang and swearwords in different areas from 45 Street to 38 Street in the Riverside area of Ponoka. Police are asking residents to call in if they have more information.

Impaired drivers stopped

Police charged three motorists with impaired driving last week.

The first person was stopped north of Ponoka on Baker Road driving a 2011 white Ford F150. The driver was a 28-year-old Maskwacis man who provided two blood-alcohol samples of .11.

The second impaired driver was a 20-year-old man from Ponoka. He was stopped on Range Road 255 and Highway 2A. He was driving a 2002 grey Chevy Silverado and provided two blood-alcohol samples of .11 and .10.

A third impaired driver was stopped in the Southwest Industrial Park driving a 1998 orange Dodge Ram. A 25-year-old Blackfalds woman provided two samples of .14 and .13.

Speeder clocked at 199 km/h

Last week the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit pulled over four different motorists travelling at high rates of speed.

The fastest was 199 km/h; the driver had a suspended licence and was driving a rental vehicle. He faces mandatory court time and the rental vehicle has been seized for 30 days. He will be responsible for the fines and fees associated with impounding the vehicle.

Next up were two motorists who travelled at 193 km/h. One was stopped near Blackfalds in a black Ford Mustang after the driver raced past an officer. Another was stopped northbound near Ponoka.

One other motorist was stopped after travelling at 178 km/h.

Ponoka News windows smashed

Sometime over the weekend, culprits smashed the front window of the Ponoka News office on Chipman Avenue. It was reported to police March 16.


Ponoka RCMP handled 62 calls from March 11 to March 17 in the morning. Issues ranged from dealing with individuals under the Mental Health Act, public intoxication and threats of suicide.

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