A prohibited driver has been removed from our local roadways, and faces multiple criminal charges, following a driving complaint earlier this week.
On March 24, police received a report of an erratic driver near 757 Ryan Rd. in Courtenay.
The vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Courtenay Superstore parking lot and it was stopped by police. The driver was found to be prohibited from driving in B.C. and the van he was driving had been reported stolen. The accused man was arrested without incident.
Further checks of the van were done and a loaded semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun was located. The man was also found to be prohibited from possessing any firearms.
The male has been charged with theft and possession of the stolen van, possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a firearm that had its serial number altered, unsafe storage of a firearm, driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code of Canada, theft of money under $5000 and three other Criminal Code charges.
This man is also facing a charge of assaulting a police officer, following an incident in the cell block, where he is alleged to have punched and kicked an officer.
The accused was held in custody and will appear in court on March 27.
— Comox Valley RCMP