Ponoka RCMP take driver, drugs off street

Ponoka police briefs

Police were able to take an unlicensed driver along with some drugs off the street recently.

A 33 year old man from Red Deer is facing a number of charges following a traffic stop.

Around midnight on June 13, a routine Ponoka RCMP patrol initially spotted a truck heading east on 39 Ave. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then did a u-turn, continuing down the road at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle did pull over once the police hit their emergency lights. However, the driver could not produce a valid licence and it was later revealed he provided police with a false name and date of birth.

A further search of the vehicle found an undisclosed amount of drugs that were suspected to be fentanyl.

As a result, the man is facing charges of obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, driving without a licence and three counts of failure to comply with court ordered condition.

Motor Vehicle Collision

Police were also called to a traffic incident on June 12. A member of the Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a report of a pickup truck and trailer in the median on Hwy. 2 just north of the Blindman River crossing.

Upon arrival, it was noted the vehicle stayed upright while the trailer had fallen onto one side. The report states the driver was heading north when the trailer began to sway violently, then partially detached from the truck. This caused the vehicle to lose control and enter the median. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Anyone with information on these or any crimes are encouraged to contact the Ponoka detachment at (403) 783-4472 or, to stay anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be provided online via www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity and information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

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