A 57-year-old man is facing several charges after Saanich police found two firearms, including a stolen one, were found in his motorhome during a traffic stop.
On March 27 at around 2:30 a.m., Saanich police officers stopped a motorhome going “excessively slow” on Vernon Avenue. Once they had stopped the motorhome, police began investigating the driver for impaired driving. Police said this investigation led them to search the motorhome.
During the search of the motorhome, two firearms were found, one of which was loaded. Police said they discovered the loaded firearm was stolen from Sooke in 1985.
Police said the driver is well known to them and is on a court order prohibiting him from possessing firearms. He is facing several new firearms charges including possession of a loaded firearm, possession of both a restricted and prohibited firearm in a vehicle, unauthorized possession of a restricted and prohibited firearm, and unsafe transport of these firearms, along with a charge of failing to comply with his court order. He appeared in court Wednesday and has been remanded into custody.
“This vehicle stop highlights the excellent proactive work our officers do, despite the inherent unknown risks they face in doing so,“ Sgt. Julie Fast, public information officer for Saanich police said in a statement.