The CIBC in Ponoka was robbed at knifepoint July 17 at 10:30 a.m. Police are looking for a Caucasian man approximately 25 to 40 years old with a large mark on the back of his left hand between his thumb and index finger. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie inside out, along with blue pants that had a white stripe down the leg. A red bag was carried by the suspect during the offence.
Driving drunk to bar
Police charged a 36-year-old Ponoka man with impaired driving July 19 after arriving to a bar drunk at 9:30 p.m. A Mountie spoke with the man after he parked a blue 1999 Dodge Neon behind a downtown bar. The driver appeared intoxicated and he failed a roadside screening device.
He subsequently provided blood-alcohol samples of .13 and .12.
Open liquor while driving
A 33-year-old woman from Hobbema was charged with impaired driving July 21 at 11:40 p.m. after getting her blue Chevy Ventura stuck in a ditch.
She had called a tow truck company to pull the van out of the ditch southbound on Highway 2A and Township Road 440. Police were called to assist, and asked if she had been drinking. The woman claimed she had not but after further questioning admitted to having two beers earlier in the evening.
Further investigation showed some open beer cans behind the passenger seat of the vehicle and a beer can between the driver’s seat and door. The woman failed a roadside screening device and provided to samples of .12 and .11.
$20 dine and dash
Police arrested and charged a 21-year-old Ponoka man with obtaining food by fraud after walking out on a $20 lunch bill July 20 at 12:30 p.m.
The man had lunch at a downtown restaurant and walked out without paying, the owner followed the man and alerted police.
If you have information on any crime, call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.