Ponoka RCMP have charged a man with dangerous operation of a vehicle and possession of stolen property after a rollover south of Ponoka.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of July 20 when reports came in of a pickup truck that rolled on Matejka Road just off of Highway 2A.
A witness reported that he came across the vehicle in the ditch and that an intoxicated man was standing beside the truck kicking at it.
The man did not want police called, says investigators. He then left on foot scene westbound on Matejka Road. Other witnesses reported that the vehicle was driving very erratically before the roll over occurred.
Upon further investigation it was found that the vehicle was stolen out of Edmonton. The driver, Jamie Tuccaro, was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and failing to remain at scene of an accident. Police say Tuccaro was also wanted on parole violations and was unlawfully at large. He is remanded until court set for July 25.
On July 21 at approximately 1 a.m., the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of a semi rollover on Highway 53 by Range road 273 in Ponoka County. The driver went off road and lost a load of lumber on the highway. He sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre.
If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.