Suspended driver caught while driving disqualified

A woman driving a black Jeep Patriot had her vehicle seized for 30 days Nov. 29 at midnight

Narrow miss: Slippery conditions caused this vehicle to slide into the ditch Dec. 4 narrowly missing Battle River on Highway 2 just south of Highway 53.

Narrow miss: Slippery conditions caused this vehicle to slide into the ditch Dec. 4 narrowly missing Battle River on Highway 2 just south of Highway 53.

A woman driving a black Jeep Patriot had her vehicle seized for 30 days Nov. 29 at midnight after a sheriff recognized the vehicle as one belonging to someone who had a suspended Ontario licence. She was eastbound on Highway 53 when she was stopped.

She did however produce a valid Alberta licence, which was given to her in error. Her suspension from previously driving while impaired did not allow her to legally drive. She was charged with driving while disqualified and her vehicle was seized for 30 days.

Alberta Transportation has also been notified of the incident.

Three times the legal limit

It was a near miss for a 44-year-old man from Hobbema after his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix hit the ditch Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. There were four passengers in the vehicle with minor injuries but the driver faces impaired charges after testing with blood-alcohol levels of .25 and .23.

Open liquor in vehicle

The driver of a black Infiniti had some tough questions to answer Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. after passing two emergency vehicles. He was travelling southbound on Highway 2 north of Ponoka when the car hit the ditch.

Upon inspection police found an open bottle of wine behind the driver’s seat, however a roadside blood-alcohol check showed he was not drunk. He was charged with driving at an unreasonable speed and transporting liquor with easy access to its occupants.

Speeding with hash

A 46-year-old man from Saskatchewan faces charges of speeding and possession of a controlled substance Dec 6 at 3 p.m. on Highway 2 southbound near the Highway 2A exit.

He was travelling 137 km/h in a 110 km/h zone when stopped and Mounties report they could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. An investigation showed some quantities of marijuana and hash in the vehicle. A 38-year-old female passenger from Red Deer also faces charges of possession.

Youth assault

Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of assault Dec 6 at 2:15 p.m. on a girl at the Ponoka Composite High School.

She was assaulted by another girl and there is a history of bullying between them. Video footage of the incident has been obtained by police.

Person pays for stolen items

Video surveillance from a downtown drugstore helped catch a 28-year-old woman Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. stealing some cosmetics from the store. Police were able to stop the woman after she left the store and the owners did not want to press charges as long as she either paid for or returned the items.

She paid for the damaged and stolen items and was advised she was not welcome to return.

Chrome rims stolen

Sometime between Dec. 1 in the morning and Dec. 8 in the morning, a set of chrome rims was taken from the back of a pickup truck. The truck had a box cover and the theft occurred on the 5000 block of 56 Street. They are valued at $230.

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