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Handgun seized during traffic stop

A traffic stop of a suspected impaired driver in Oshawa led to the discovery of a loaded handgun.

On July 22, at approximately 12:03 a.m., calls were received from motorists about a suspected impaired driver being followed in the area of Bayly Street and Salem Road in Ajax.

The black Mercedes was observed travelling eastbound at more than 100 km/hr at times and also driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Officers located the vehicle and observed erratic driving behaviour.

They stopped the vehicle on Bloor Street West at Stevenson Road South in Oshawa.

The driver was arrested for impared driving by alcohol. Officers located a package of open marijuana, and also located a loaded, unregistered Glock  handgun in the console between the two front seats.

A 27-year-old man of Weekes Drive in Ajax faces nine charges, including impaired operation, over 80 mg and unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm.

He was held by police for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about this incident is asked to contact the Gun and Gang Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5800.