A police officer stopped the driver of a 2008 Ford Edge June 12 at 7 p.m. after he passed the officer southbound on Highway 2 near Menaik Road. The car was travelling at 144 km/h.
After stopping the driver, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. The 24-year-old driver admitted to having some marijuana in the vehicle and a 100 gram bag was found. The driver was arrested.
Another driver was travelling northbound on Highway 2 June 13 at 1:30 a.m. at 140 km/h. After stopping the driver it was determined he had one gram of marijuana and one gram of hashish in the vehicle. He was charged with two counts of possession and speeding, as well as being given a 24-hour suspension.
Dine and dash
A 26-year-old man has been arrested after at leaving a restaurant with a $125 bill unpaid. The man was part of a group of five people who ended up leaving after their meal was completed June 11. He claimed he was going to his vehicle to get his debit card but failed to return, however one of the staff recognized him, which is how he was caught.
A concerned citizen reported to police June 11 that he was called by a company stating they wanted him to be a secret shopper. They sent him $1,500 in traveller’s cheques and asked him to cash the cheques, take $600 for himself and deposit the rest of the $900 into a Western Union account.
The man said it appeared they were fake cheques with the name Eric Mayes and he reported it to Ponoka RCMP. The cheques were not cashed.
Arrested for a bag of chips
A 34-year-old man has been charged with shoplifting at a local grocer June 12 at 6:30 p.m. after attempting to steal a bag of chips. He was arrested and charged.
Impaired with Firebird
Police responded to the call of a 1989 Pontiac Firebird swerving in and out of traffic June 13 at 6:30 p.m. on Highway 2 northbound.
The driver was unable to produce a valid license and there were two cans of beer behind the driver’s seat and he had a smell of alcohol oh him.
The driver tested with a .1 blood alcohol level and was charged with impaired and careless driving.
More drivers with marijuana
A 27-year-old man driving a Honda Civic faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance after it was found he had 125 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped northbound on Highway 2 north of Ponoka after travelling at 137 km/h.
He was issued three violations and arrested.
A 30-year-old driver was charged and released with a promise to appear in court after a routine traffic stop June 15 at 8 p.m. Police could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a small amount of cannabis was found.
If you have any information on criminal activity, please call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.