Problem drivers and thefts keep police busy

Ponoka RCMP continue to be busy with a variety of issues.

  • Oct. 21, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Speeding results in vehicles seizure and arrest

Police stopped a northbound vehicle for speeding on Highway 2 on Oct. 9 just before 10 p.m. and felt a strong odor of liquor on the breath of the driver, a Black Diamond male. After a breathalyzer test, the driver has had his license seized by the police alongside his vehicle for a period of three days. A male passenger in the car with a warrant out of Okotoks was also arrested.

Burned out lamp brings trouble to impaired driver

A female driver from Wetaskiwin was arrested and handed a temporary suspension after she was found to be over the legal limit and driving with young children without proper restraints while the vehicle was stopped only for burned out lamp on Oct. 11 around 11 p.m..The driver is to appear in court on Nov. 27.

Gun theft still under investigation

RCMP received a complaint of firearms stolen from a vehicle on Oct. 11. The theft occurred sometime overnight. A bow and rifle were taken from the vehicle. A gun case was recovered. File is still under investigation.

Unauthorized driver to appear in court

Police stopped a black Nissan Maxima on Matejka Road on Oct. 12 during routine patrol and suspected the license plate may have expired. Although the suspicion proved to be groundless, the driver did turn out to be driving with a suspended license. The driver was to appear in court Oct. 20.

Tools stolen from company truck

RCMP received a report of a vehicle break-in to a company truck that was at the Fountain Tire in Ponoka. The window was broken out and the locks on the tool box were cut off. All the tools were taken. File is currently under investigation.

Drug in beer can brings possession charge

A southbound vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 2 on Oct. 13. An odor of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle. The driver admitted to police that he had a pipe and a small bag of marijuana for personal use. Upon further search in the vehicle, however, a Corona beer cooler was located in the trunk with approximately one pound of marijuana inside. The vehicle was towed and the driver, a Calgary man was charged with possession and is to appear in court Dec. 04.

Suspended driver caught red-handed

A Cochrane man was followed by the RCMP upon his departure from the courthouse with the suspicion that he would drive his own vehicle despite being a suspended driver. The suspect did take a taxi from the courthouse to Tim Horton’s parking lot and got into the vehicle before being stopped. He was not cooperative, according to the police. His vehicle was towed and he was charged with driving when suspended. He is to appear in court on Dec. 10

Company truck stolen

RCMP attended to a complaint of theft of vehicle on township road 431 on Oct. 16 at about 2:30 a.m. A truck was seen entering the caller’s property which was immediately followed with two trucks leaving the property. It was later realized that a company trucks was stolen. The truck is a White Ford F350 welding truck with “Ryan Heidt” decals on it. License plate BHS2835. File is currently under investigation.

Domestic disturbance brings charges to Ponoka man

RCMP attended a residence on 52 Street close in response to a 911 call received on Oct. 17 from a crying female. Upon arrival, RCMP spotted a male on top of the stairs. The male was repeatedly instructed to come to the door but did not comply with the instructions to show his hands to police after opening the front door. The 44-year-old Ponoka man was arrested for obstructing a police officer and is to appear in court Dec. 11.

Police seek assistance

The RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in two thefts from vehicles. Stolen from a vehicle broken into on 51 Street were a Motorolla Atrix cellular phone and a set of rare Leopold binoculars. Items stolen from the second vehicle on 45 Avenue were a Samsung Lite tablet, a phone charger, sunglasses and a rearview mirror for a 1958 Plymouth car. Anyone with information regarding these thefts are asked tocontact Cst. Jennifer Wells, Ponoka RCMP Detachment at 403-783-4472 or call Crime Stoppers at 403-340-8477 or