Ponoka RCMP arrest wanted man in local pub

Ponoka RCMP, with help from Maskwacis RCMP have arrested Jonathan Andrew in relation to outstanding warrants.

Ponoka RCMP, with help from Maskwacis RCMP have arrested Jonathan Andrew in relation to outstanding warrants. He was arrested after an incident in Ponoka Tuesday, March 8.

Ponoka RCMP arrested a man on outstanding warrants thanks to a tip from a witness.

Police received a call in the evening of Tuesday, March 8 that a man who was wanted in connection with several investigations in Sylvan Lake and Rimbey was in a local bar in Ponoka.

Investigators say Bentley resident Jonathan Andrews, 23, was in Ponoka and when police arrived he fled the scene in a pickup truck. He subsequently rammed a police vehicle and drove to Highway 2A.

Police say the truck entered a cul de sac’, and in an attempt to leave the area, entered several yards between houses and collided with a parked vehicle, eventually fleeing the area.

Ponoka and Maskwacis RCMP located the vehicle a short time later southbound on Highway 2. Eventually the vehicle went into the median and the suspect driving the pickup ran across the highway where he was subsequently arrested.

Andrews faces 14 charges from Ponoka RCMP including flight from police. He also has outstanding warrants from Rimbey, Sylvan Lake and Bentley on charges relating to possession of a weapon, possession of a fireaarm and numerous traffic offences. He is to appear at Ponoka provincial court March 18.