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.