On July 21, 2020 the Ponoka RCMP were conducting routine patrols on 48 Ave. at 58 St. and noticed a white Chevrolet Silverado heading South on 54 St. drive across the street and into the parking lot of the Liquor Store.
The truck then departed and was stopped for a traffic offence. The RCMP member asked the driver for the registration and the insurance and was advised by the driver that he did not have any of the documentation.
Upon investigation it was found that the Chevrolet Silverado was stolen out of Red Deer on July 18. The plate on the vehicle was also stolen and two more stolen plates were located in the vehicle along with a cheque book from a business in Ponoka.
The driver, a 34 year old man from Ponoka, was also found to be a suspended driver. He was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime less than, or equal to $5,000, driving while unauthorized and driving an uninsured vehicle on a highway.
He was released on a $1,500 Promise to Pay Release Order. His first appearance was on July 24.
On July 24, the Ponoka RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Hwy. 2. When the officer arrived on scene there was a Silver Hyundai Elantra on its roof in the northbound lane of the Hwy. 53 overpass.
The vehicle was blocking both northbound lanes of traffic. It appeared that the vehicle had been travelling north on Hwy. 2 in the driving lane and did not merge over possibly because of heavy fog.
The vehicle proceeded to strike the guardrail and then rolled approximately three times. The impact to the guardrail was at a high rate of speed as noted from the debris on scene.
The driver sustained minor injuries and did not require emergency treatment.
“If you have information on this, or any other crime, contact the Ponoka RCMP Detachment at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.”
– Submitted by Ponoka RCMP