Heavy snowfall Nov. 2 and 3 created unsafe road conditions for motorists. By press time, police had responded to 11 calls of vehicles in the ditch.
One incident involved a 2011 Chrysler 200 Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. The vehicle was southbound in Highway 2A near Spruce Road when it rolled upside down. A 75-year-old male driver and a 73-year-old woman, both from Ponoka, were taken to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, where they were treated for minor injuries. Ponoka Fire and EMS attended.
Speeder receives 72-hour suspension
Police pulled over a 1991 Acura Integra by Crestomere Nov. 1 at 11:15 p.m. after speeding through a 70 km/h zone. The driver was a 20-year-old man from Ponoka, who was arrested for impaired driving.
He was taken to the detachment and provided two blood-alcohol samples of .08 and .07. He received a 72-hour suspension and his vehicle was seized.
Red Deer man arrested
A 22-year-old Red Deer man was arrested Nov. 2 at 3 a.m. after blowing through a stop sign at the 7-Eleven. Police say the man drove through a red light at Highway 53 before he was pulled over.
There were open beer cans in the vehicle and he was arrested. The man provided samples of .13 and .14 and was charged with impaired driving.
Impaired driver fails to stop for police
Ponoka RCMP arrested a 30-year-old Red Deer man Nov. 3 at midnight after he failed to stop.
Officers witnessed a 2004 Chevy Impala blow through two stop signs near Ponoka Secondary Campus when they attempted to pull him over. Emergency lights were activated but it took approximately a minute before he pulled over.
After he was stopped the officer could smell an odor of liquor coming from his breath. He subsequently failed a roadside screening device and provided two blood-alcohol samples of .10 and .09.
Young motorists littering
Ponoka RCMP have received complaints of young motorists leaving litter in different areas of town, most recently on 39 Avenue behind the Stampede Grounds, where a dog was run over by a vehicle. Police believe the incident is related to 20 or 30 individuals who gather in one area and are reported to leave their fast food garbage on the ground.
The fine for littering is $172 and officers are investigating the complaints.
Elderly driver collides with guardrail
A 90-year-old woman received minor injuries after her vehicle collided with a guardrail on Highway 53. Police believe the woman was eastbound on 50 Street Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. and failed to stop at the intersection.
She was treated and released.
Vehicle headed in wrong direction
Police received two calls of a black four door sedan northbound on Highway 2 in the southbound lanes. The calls came in Oct. 30 at 3 a.m. by the Morningside exit. The vehicle was found parked and unoccupied by the Correction Line Road.
A 23-year-old man from Edmonton was found a short distance away. Police say he was not intoxicated but was in breach of curfew conditions. He was arrested and remanded in custody.
Barn fire at Ferrybank Colony
The Ponoka Fire Department responded to a call of a barn fire Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Ferrybank Colony.
All animals were evacuated before the fire consumed the rafters of the concrete building. With the help of residents, the fire department knocked down one wall before the fire could spread to an adjacent barn.
Members of the Warburg Colony came to assist with the care of the cattle and the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries.
Gang members found with drugs
A Check Stop in Hobbema on the Samson Town site has netted half a pound of marijuana and $2,000 cash from one car.
While checking a vehicle, officers found the drugs and money and arrested two men who now face charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They are known gang members.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.