Teen driver caught speeding almost twice highway limit

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit conducted a speed and aggressive driving operation June 12 and issued 65 tickets.

Speeding operations

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit conducted a speed and aggressive driving operation June 12 and issued 65 tickets. The most significant tickets were two speeders:

The first was a 17-year-old boy from Lacombe who was southbound at 5 a.m. near Morningside on Highway 2 at 204 km/h. He slowed down to 194 km/h and was driving a 1997 BMW. He told officers he was late for work. The boy was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The second significant stop of the operation was from a 53-year-old woman from Beaumont southbound at 5:30 a.m. on Highway 2 near Matejka Road. She was travelling at 163 km/h and received a summons to appear in Ponoka traffic court.

Two rollovers in a day

Emergency responders dealt with two rollovers June 15. The first was at 4 p.m. southbound on Highway 2 near Ponoka. A 66-year-old man from Edmonton was believed to have been tired when his Honda CRV collided with a guardrail, lost control and hit the opposite side guardrail before rolling over. He received minor injuries and received a 24-hour-suspension and a charge of careless driving.

The second rollover occurred at 10 p.m. Highway 2 northbound near Secondary Highway 611. The 57-year-old female driver from Calgary and her Honda CRV appeared to have lost control swerving right and left before rolling into the east ditch.

Found stolen truck

An officer stopped a 2005 Chevy Silverado June 16 at 11 p.m. after seeing the driver pick up his cellphone. Upon investigation the licence plate did not match any vehicle at all and a VIN number search found the truck was stolen.

The 23-year-old male driver and 36-year-old passenger, both from Fort McMurray, was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Driver with no licence

A 37-year-old man from Hobbema received a ticket for driving with no licence June 8 at 3 a.m. He was transporting the owner of a vehicle who was under the influence of alcohol. The owner’s plates did not match his vehicle and he was also found to not have insurance and registration, was charged with illegal consumption of liquor in a vehicle and possession of a licence while suspended. The driver was not impaired.

Selling TVs

Ponoka RCMP have alerted detachments in Alberta after reports of a man in his early 20s trying to sell big screen televisions at the Co-Op Gas Bar June 11 at 3 p.m. There are no other details except that the man was attempting to sell the TVs out of a rental van.

Mischief to garden ornaments

Residents of a home on the 5100 block of 54 Avenue woke up to find their lawn ornaments broken and strewn along the street the morning of June 15. Police are looking for suspects.

Windows smashed

There were three windows smashed at the Woodland Adventist School the morning of June 10 in Morning Meadows. It doesn’t appear as if entry was obtained but police are still looking for suspects.

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