Emergency crews responded to a semi rollover July 28 southbound near the Matejka Road exit on Highway 2. Traffic slowed for approximately two hours while crews cleared the scene.

Emergency crews responded to a semi rollover July 28 southbound near the Matejka Road exit on Highway 2. Traffic slowed for approximately two hours while crews cleared the scene.

Speeding motorcyclist impaired without a helmet

A British Columbia man was in for a surprise after members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit stopped him

A British Columbia man was in for a surprise after members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit stopped him for being on a motorbike without a helmet.

The man was southbound on Highway 2 at speeds in excess of 147 km/h when officers stopped him at the Ponoka overpass. He failed a subsequent roadside blood-alcohol test and was arrested and taken to the Ponoka detachment.

Full details of the charges were not available at press time.

Sylvan Lake man arrested for impaired driving

Calls of an erratic driver travelling at various speeds July 22 at 3:45 p.m. on Highway 2 prompted RCMP to investigate.

Officers stopped the northbound black Dodge Durango south of Ponoka. The vehicle’s tinted windows did not hinder Mounties from determining the driver was impaired and he failed a subsequent roadside test.

The driver, a 55-year-old man from Sylvan Lake, was taken to the detachment where he provided two blood alcohol samples of .13. He was also found to have warrants for his arrest in Sylvan Lake.

Smoldering Jeep

Police and members of the Ponoka Fire Department were called to a Jeep on fire July 22 at 6 a.m. on Range Road 261 and Secondary Highway 604.

Witnesses say they heard two loud bangs at approximately 3 a.m. and found the vehicle smoldering some hours later. The registered owner is from Red Deer with no fixed address.

Semi rollover

Southbound traffic on Highway 2 was backed for some time July 28 at 9:30 a.m. after an empty semi rolled south of Ponoka. Emergency crews responded to the rollover but the driver is believed to have no injuries and there were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

Ponoka RCMP dealt with 106 calls varying from public intoxication, theft from a store, suicide threats and animals trespassing people’s property.

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