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Police are recommending charges against an impaired driver who allegedly pointed a replica gun at another vehicle near Mayfair Shopping Centre this weekend.

VicPD said the victim, who was on his way to meet his daughter for breakfast Saturday morning, called 911 to report that someone had aimed a handgun at them near the intersection of Douglas and Finlayson Streets.

The incident began around 9:45 a.m. near that intersection when another vehicle began driving dangerously in front of the victim, who told police the suspect was “brake-checking” him and preventing other traffic from passing.

As the man passed the erratic driver, the suspect began yelling and pointed a handgun at him.

The victim managed to take photos of the of the suspect vehicle, and once in a safer location, called 911.

With the photos, police began searching the area for the suspect and his vehicle.

Not long after, VicPD said they received a call that a vehicle matching the description was parked in front of a business in the 3000-block of Shelbourne Avenue, and that the driver was displaying signs of being impaired.

Arriving officers arrested the man at gunpoint.

Police said the vehicle was searched and a fully-functional pellet gun which resembled a high-calibre handgun was located, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The driver failed a standard field sobriety test and was taken into custody for an additional drug-impaired driving investigation, according to VicPD.

Police said the vehicle was also reported to have several deficiencies that made it unsafe to be on the road.

“The driver of the vehicle was released with conditions and a future court date for recommended charges for pointing a firearm and impaired driving,” said VicPD in a media release.

The vehicle was towed to impound and the suspect was also issued a 24-hour driving ban  tickets for traffic offences and offences under the Cannabis Act, as well as notice an order to repair the vehicle deficiencies.

VicPD are asking anyone who has information on the incent to call them (250) 995-7654.

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