Police recover counterfeit bills and a stolen vehicle

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  • Jul. 27, 2011 3:00 p.m.

A 53-year-old man is loaded into an ambulance following a quad accident southeast of Ponoka last week. The man was taken to Ponoka hospital then airlifted to University Hospital in Edmonton via STARS.

By Adam Jackson

A counterfeit $100 bill has been recovered by police following its attempted use at a Ponoka retailer last week.

The fake was noticed by the cashier at the store, who then alerted RCMP. Upon arrival by police, the woman insisted that she did not know where the bill came from and received it as change.

There were no charges laid as police could not prove that she knowingly used the fake bill.

Missing lawnmower

A lawnmower has gone AWOL from a Ponoka residence.

The Sears Craftsman lawnmower was reported stolen from a residence in the 5200 block of 52nd Avenue on July 20, but it could have been stolen anytime from July 17 to 20.

Stolen vehicle

Police laid charges against two people and recovered a stolen vehicle last week. A male driver, 34, and a female passenger, 29, have been charged with possession of stolen property after being pulled over on Highway 2A on July 21.

At 3 a.m., when the car was stopped, police did a record check and noticed that both suspects had outstanding warrants with the woman’s outstanding fines totalling $4,000. Both were arrested and detained.

Quad accident victim airlifted to hospital

A man is recovering in hospital following a serious quad accident last week.

On July 21, the 53-year-old victim was driving on MacDonald Road approximately six miles south of Highway 53 when he flipped his quad, causing massive head trauma.

When police arrived, the quad was found on the west side of the ditch, while the victim was found in the east ditch. Fire and EMS responded and loaded the victim into an ambulance. He was taken to the Ponoka hospital before being airlifted to University Hospital in Edmonton.

Dangerous drunk driver

A 20-year-old man was arrested last week following a run-in that was a little too close for comfort for one officer.

The officer, who was driving the canine unit vehicle, was southbound on Highway 2A nine miles north of Ponoka when he spotted a Ford F-150 driving northbound in the wrong lane. The officer had to use a drastic manoeuvre to avoid hitting the driver, then turned around and pulled the vehicle over.

The driver was subjected to a Breathalyzer test, and he blew a 0.25 — more than three times the legal limit.

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