Ponoka RCMP investigated a number of incidents regarding suspicious and abandoned vehicles over the weekend.
On Dec. 19, at 2:14 a.m. an RCMP officer doing a routine patrol in the downtown area noted a vehicle parked at an odd angle with the lights on behind a local business. As the RCMP member approached, the vehicle pulled out and headed towards the police vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted, and it was found the vehicle was registered to a person who had an outstanding warrant and the license plate was not a match to the vehicle.
The male driver gave police a false name. He was arrested for obstruction but before police could commence the arrest the male driver started to pull away from police. Police grabbed the driver and was eventually able to bring the driver to the ground. The male driver from Red Deer was charged with:
Adult driving an uninsured motor vehicle on a highway, adult operating a motor vehicle without subsisting registration, adult operating a motor vehicle without holding subsisting operators license, improper use of a license plate, two counts of resisting and obstructing a peace officer and five counts of failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking or recognizance.
He is to appear in court Feb. 13, 2020.
Also on Dec. 19, 2019 the Ponoka RCMP attended an abandoned vehicle located on Hwy. 611 and Hwy. 795. The vehicle was parked in an approach with hood open and windows broken. Ignition was damaged. Upon investigation it was found that the vehicle was stolen out of Millet, Alberta.
Later the same day, Ponoka RCMP responded to an abandoned vehicle in a field North of Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 815. The front end of the vehicle was smashed. The vehicle was found to be stolen from the Rimbey area.
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