(VicPD)

VicPD officers were surprised to discover a loaded shotgun during a routine traffic stop Thursday morning. 

Just after 2 a.m., on July 28th, officers located a vehicle matching the description of one that had been involved in a road rage incident earlier the previous evening. 

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The vehicle was driving in the 2900-block of Douglas Street and had a partially obscured front licence plate. 

Officers conducted a traffic stop, soon learning the person behind the wheel was prohibited from driving. 

The prohibition stemmed from a series of previous criminal convictions for a variety of offences, including firearm offences. The driver also has an indefinite firearms possession ban.

As officers prepared to tow the vehicle, the driver became agitated, and insisted that officers allow a third person to drive the vehicle home.

When additional officers arrived and performed a security search of the vehicle in advance of it being towed, they located a loaded shotgun inside the vehicle. 

The driver was arrested, transported to cells and was later released pending further investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the VicPD Report Desk (250) 995-7654. 

To report what you know anonymously, call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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