Police are investigating the death of a Hobbema teenager after a collision that occurred south of Hobbema Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Highway 2A.
A Mazda Protégé was southbound on Highway 2A and was stopped to turn east on Township Road 442. The Mazda was struck from behind by a Ford F150 and the 19-year-old male passenger was ejected from the Mazda.
There were five people in the Mazda and a 37-year-old woman driver in the Ford. All were taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
Officer’s vehicle clipped on highway
An officer with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit had a close call Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m. after a trailer took off his patrol car’s mirror during a traffic stop.
The officer had stopped a northbound driver of a white Pontiac hatchback and was just checking the driver’s details in his cruiser when an old Dodge pickup hauling a fifth wheel trailer drove past at highway speeds and clipped his mirror.
The cruiser’s lights were flashing at the time, which means drivers in the adjacent lane must slow down to 60 km/h or move into the fast lane. While attempting to stop the truck, two other vehicles passed the officer while his siren and lights were flashing.
Eventually the officer stopped the pickup truck and charged an 84-year-old Sherwood Park man with careless driving and having an expired licence. The man said he did not realize he had hit the mirror.
Speeding fines double when an emergency vehicle’s lights are on and penalties range from $115 to $703. Motorists can receive a ticket of $172 for passing emergency vehicles.
Speeder nabbed at 200 km/h
A 28-year-old Calgary man faces mandatory court appearance after travelling at 200 km/h Sept. 7 at 11 p.m. An officer clocked a red 2004 Infinity G3 at 140 km/h on a laser detector and proceeded to catch up for a traffic stop but the vehicle sped up to 200 km/h.
The driver was stopped southbound on Highway 2 near Menaik Road and the officer could smell an odor of liquor emanating from the vehicle. The driver provided a breath sample, which produced a caution. He was given a three-day suspension and the Infiniti was seized for three days.
Woman saved from apparent suicide attempt
Emergency crews were called to assist with a person hanging from a rope Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Upon arrival two women were found in the garage of a home. A 51-year-old woman from Wetaskiwin was found being comforted by 51-year-old woman from Ponoka.
It is believed the Ponoka woman helped rescue the Wetaskiwin woman and someone from the home called 911 for assistance. The Wetaskiwin woman was taken to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre for treatment. Guardian Ambulance was not in town at the time so Maskwachees Ambulance Authority attended.
Intoxicated woman partially naked
Police were called to assist a partially naked woman downtown Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. She was found in a phone booth and is reported to be heavily intoxicated and unaware of her surroundings.
Mounties believe she had been drinking malt beer, vodka and whisky. She was lodged in cells until sober.
Strangers ringing doorbells
Police are investigating instances of suspects ringing doorbells at night in the Wolf Creek Estates community. Investigators believe this may be a way to see if anyone is home and if not, culprits may attempt to break in.
The area is close to Highway 2 and people can park near the homes. Police advise calling 911 if residents receive late night doorbell rings.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.