After stopping a vehicle for suspicious activity in central Kingston, police have laid multiple weapons offence-related charges against the driver.
The incident occurred just before 1:35 a.m., when a Kingston Police officer stopped the car on Old Mill Road, located off of John Counter Boulevard near the Cataraqui Cemetery. According to police, the vehicle was demonstrating suspicious activity. The back windshield of the vehicle was broken and car appeared to be in poor mechanical condition. When the officer approached the vehicle, an assault-style rifle was in plain view on the back seat of the car. Multiple Kingston Police cruisers responded to the scene, where the vehicle was thoroughly searched. Two firearms — both of them rifles — were located inside the vehicle, which was then towed from the scene. Further investigation revealed that the accused did not possess a valid firearms licence and he was subsequently arrested. Police also found that the man was in possession of break and enter tools, and learned that he was also a suspended driver
According to Kingston Police, the male driver was charged with six weapons related offences:
- Two counts of possession of a firearm other than a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence
- Two counts of possession of a firearm other than a restricted or prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence
- Two counts of occupying a motor vehicle with a firearm
- Possession of break-in instruments
- Two counts of driving while under suspension
During the incident, the suspect’s vehicle bumped into a police cruisers, but police reported this was an accident and did not result in any damages.
Kingstonist will update this article as more information becomes available.