Nanaimo RCMP seized guns and swords following a car crash on Hammond Bay Road Dec. 17. (Black Press file)

Nanaimo RCMP seized guns and swords following a car crash on Hammond Bay Road Dec. 17. (Black Press file)

Guns and swords seized after Nanaimo RCMP respond to car crash

Single vehicle crash occurred Thursday on Hammond Bay Road

A police response to a car crash on Hammond Bay Road yesterday led to the seizure of guns and swords, say Nanaimo RCMP.

According to an RCMP press release, police were called out to a report of a motor vehicle incident before 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, on the 3400 block of Hammond Bay Road, where a vehicle had been driven through a fence and onto the lawn of a home.

Officers allegedly observed the driver, a man in his mid-40s, tossing a firearm out of the vehicle on the lawn, said the press release. Based on the information provided, police attempted to arrest the individual, who allegedly resisted. He was arrested after a brief struggle and taken into custody.

During the ensuing search, police say they recovered a revolver, a pellet gun and two short ornamental swords.

After discussions with the driver, it was thought that he could be suffering from a mental health crisis and he was escorted to hospital for further assessment.

The weapons were seized for safekeeping, the press release said.

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