Rural fire levels garage to ground

Ponoka RCMP and firefighters responded to a call of a garage fire April 30 at 4 a.m.

Ponoka RCMP and firefighters responded to a call of a garage fire April 30 at 4 a.m. The garage was located on Range Road 251 and Township Road 444 and the fire is believed to have started from a heat lamp.

There were no injuries sustained from the fire but the home had some damage to the siding.

Suspicious male on highway

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a call of suspicious man flagging cars down southbound on Highway 2 near Highway 53. Upon arrival officers found a 26-year-old man from Edmonton outside of his vehicle with bloodshot eyes and slurry speech.

He claimed his Toyota Camry had broken down, which he had just bought from a friend in Edmonton but the car had an Ontario licence plate and was registered to a Saturn. The man produced a bill of sale with no vehicle or buyer information, just a price.

Inside the Saturn was four cans of Labatt Blue beer behind the passenger seat. The man was given tickets for driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle. He also received tickets for having liquor within reach and illegal use of a licence plate.

Youth found asleep in shop

A homeowner on Range Road 253 and Township Road 432 was surprised to see a 17-year-old youth asleep in his garage May 1 at 6:50 a.m. The man had woken up to find some tools in the middle of his driveway and his truck door open with the keys missing.

Upon further inspection he found the youth asleep in the corner of the garage. The man escorted the boy to the detachment and a search found the missing keys on the youth. He was charged with break and enter and failing to comply with conditions.

Impaired driver caught

Police have charged a 24-year-old man from Sedgewick with impaired driving after failing to yield to a police officer May 1 at 1:35 a.m. The driver was stopped on 48 Avenue and he provided two blood-alcohol samples of .21.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.