RCMP crack down on unlawful drivers


  • Jun. 22, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Police set up an enhanced traffic operation June 18, setting up Check Stops around Ponoka.

Three people were charged with impaired driving as a result of the stops, three more were issued 24-hour suspensions, four Criminal Code warrants were executed, one seatbelt fine, one fine for no insurance, five liquor charges, 18 traffic tickets were handed out and four individuals with provincial warrants were stopped.

Thieves busted

Police dealt with a variety of shoplifters complaints.

A woman was remanded after stealing $5 worth of beef jerky from a convenience store. She couldn’t post bond and was held in cells waiting her court date.

A 20-year-old man was reported stealing liquor from a store June 16. The employee described the man and the vehicle he left the scene in. Police were able to locate the van three kilometres north of Ponoka on Highway 2A. Four bottles of alcohol were seized from the vehicle and the suspect was arrested after it was learned he is under court order not to consume or buy alcohol.

Vehicle safety

RCMP dealt with a couple of scary incidents on Highway 2 involving vehicle safety.

The first accident occurred when a truck driving south had its spare tire drop out from underneath, forcing the vehicle behind to slam into the tire. The car reported damage after the accident.

Another incident saw the back topper of a truck fly off and hit a vehicle travelling behind it.

RCMP encourage motorists to ensure their vehicle is safe before travel and stress that the responsibility is that of the owner of the vehicle.

Moooo-ve over

On June 18, RCMP received three calls advising them that there were 20 to 25 cows on the loose south of Ponoka. The cows were spotted travelling south in the northbound lane on Highway 2 near the Morningside overpass.

RCMP attended and spoke to the owner of the cattle who was on scene rounding up the animals.