Concerns about a motorhome being driven excessively slowly led Saanich Police to arrest its driver for possession of two firearms, one of which was stolen in 1985.
On Wednesday, March 27th at around 2:30 a.m., an officer stopped apprehended the slow moving motorhome on Vernon Ave due to concerns about the driver’s well being.
An investigation for impaired driving soon led police to find a pair of firearms in his vehicle, one of which was loaded and found to have been stolen from Sooke in 1985.
The 57-year-old driver is well known to Saanich Police and was already under court order prohibiting him from owning firearms.
He now faces the following new charges:
- possession of a loaded firearm,
- possession of both a restricted and prohibited firearm in a vehicle,
- unauthorized possession of a restricted and prohibited firearm,
- unsafe transport of these firearms, and
- failing to comply with his court order.
“This vehicle stop highlights the excellent proactive work our officers do, despite the inherent unknown risks they face in doing so“ said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for Saanich Police.
The driver appeared in court later on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody.