Nanaimo RCMP Detachment
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A single-vehicle crash on Thursday led to Nanaimo RCMP seizing multiple guns and swords that were in the driver’s possession.

The RCMP say they responded to a report of the crash at approximately 1 p.m. on December 17th.

The report said that a vehicle had driven through a fence and was stuck on the front lawn of a home in the 3400 block of Hammond Bay Road.

Officers also learned that the driver, a man in his mid-40s, was seen throwing a firearm out of the vehicle onto the lawn.

Based on this information the RCMP attempted to arrest the man, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Police say he resisted and after a brief struggle he was arrested and taken into custody. Officers search the front yard and found a .38 revolver handgun and a pellet gun.

A search of the vehicle also produced two short ornamental swords.

Nanaimo RCMP say that a conversation with the driver led them to believe he was experiencing a significant mental health crisis.

Officers escorted the man to the Nanaimo hospital for further assessment. The firearms and swords were seized for safekeeping.

The man is not facing any charges for the incident.

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