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Police find loaded handgun during search after traffic stop

A man is in custody and facing a series of charges after a loaded handgun was found in his pants while he was being arrested for refusing the breathalyser. Around 12:45 a.m.
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A man is in custody facing a series of charges after a loaded handgun was found in his pants while he was being arrested for drunk driving and refusing the breathalyser. (File)

A man is in custody and facing a series of charges after a loaded handgun was found in his pants while he was being arrested for refusing the breathalyser.

Around 12:45 a.m. Thursday, a Greater Sudbury Police officer spotted a vehicle travelling on Kathleen Street registered to a driver who was banned due to an impaired driving conviction.

“The officer initiated a traffic stop on Burton Avenue by activating the emergency lights on the cruiser,” police said in a news release. “Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the officer could smell alcohol on the man’s breath and he was slurring his words. The officer informed the driver that he would be providing a breath sample and the driver refused.”

The driver was arrested and while searching him, the officer found a loaded handgun in the waistband of the man’s pants.

Khaled Zahid, 29, is charged with:

-- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

-- Carry Concealed Weapon

-- Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

-- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

-- Operation While Prohibited

-- Drive While Under Suspension

“He was held in police custody and attended bail court (Thursday) to answer to the charges,” the release said.

“We would like to commend all of our officers for their dedication and commitment to road safety and holding offenders accountable – which, in this case, also led to the location and seizure of a restricted firearm.”




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