Ponoka News Staff
Ponoka RCMP fined the driver of a semi $776 on Jan. 21 following the rollover of the semi on Highway 53 by Fountain Tire. The load of steel trusses off the semi blocked the highway after the incident and the vehicle started to leak fuel as well. As a result, traffic had to be diverted on both lanes. There were no injuries. The driver was charged with transporting cargo in a way that a shift of the cargo could affect stability.
Impaired driver charged
Later on the same day, Ponoka RCMP charged Hailey Soosay with possession of cocaine, operating a vehicle while impaired and operating a vehicle at over .08 level of alcohol when she was noticed by a patrolling officer pulling out of a parking spot in front of the Leland Hotel and proceeding without signaling at the intersection. The vehicle had no reverse light or brake light. Stopping the vehicle, the officer smelt the odor of liquor coming from the vehicle and subsequently charged Soosay, who is going to appear in court on Jan. 26.
Police responded to a break-and-enter at a residence on Range Road 253 at around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and noticed footprints heading to the back door of the home. A window to the residence had pry marks on it and the screen had been removed. A bottle of whiskey was reported as missing. File is currently under investigation.