A Victoria driver with a firearm ban has been released from custody after a loaded shotgun was found inside a vehicle early Thursday morning, according to police.
Just after 2 a.m., officers located a vehicle in the 2900-block of Douglas Street matching the description of a vehicle involved in an alleged road-rage incident the night before.
In a news release, VicPD said officers pulled over the vehicle, which reportedly had a partially obscured front license plate, only to learn the person behind the wheel was prohibited from driving.
“As officers prepared to tow the vehicle, the driver became agitated and insisted that officers allow a third person to drive the vehicle home,” VicPD said.
Police said the driver’s driving prohibition stemmed from “a series of previous criminal convictions for a variety of offences” including firearm offences.
“In addition to the driving prohibition, the driver also has an indefinite firearms possession ban,” police said in the release.
VicPD said additional officers arrived on the scene and a security search of the vehicle ensued, leading officers to find a loaded shotgun.
The vehicle was then towed and the driver was arrested, transported to cells and later released pending further investigation, police added.
VicPD is asking anyone with information about the incident to call its Report Desk at 250-995-7654 ext. 1. To make an anonymous report, tipsters can reach out to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.