Ponoka Sheriffs deal with heavy winds

Winds were so strong March 18 that they knocked over a semi-tractor on Highway 2.

  • Mar. 22, 2017 8:00 a.m.

Winds were so strong March 18 that they knocked over a semi-tractor on Highway 2.

At approximately midnight a Sheriff with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a report of a single vehicle accident that involved a semi-truck and trailer that had been blown over on Highway 2 in the northbound lane.

The tractor unit was lying on its right side in the east ditch of Highway 2. EMS were already on scene and upon assessment it was found that the driver had not sustained any injuries.

During the stop the wind velocity actually lifted the Sheriff vehicle up on two wheels. After the winds had subsided the vehicle was towed off the highway.

Mischief to vehicle

On March 13 the Ponoka RCMP received a complaint of mischief to a vehicle that was parked at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex on March 10.

Unknown suspects smashed the window of the vehicle as well as the keyless entry pad. Nothing missing as the suspect(s) were not able to gain entry to the vehicle. File is currently under investigation.

ATV stolen

On March 17 the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of a break, enter and theft to a rural property located on Range Road 260.

Unknown suspects broke into a shop and stole a yellow Honda ATV, various tools and some equestrian equipment as well as other items. A trailer that was located in the shop had also been gone through. File is currently under investigation.

Driver found with marijuana

On March 19, 2017 a Sheriff with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit was conducting routine speed enforcement on Highway 2 near Highway 2A.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. the officer noted a vehicle approaching southbound travelling at approximately 140 km/h. A traffic stop was conducted and an immediate odor of marijuana was detected emanating from the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle produced a bag of marijuana that was located behind the driver’s seat. The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old man from Sylvan Lake, was charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking and possession as well as for speeding. He is to appear in court March 25.

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.