Alleged impaired driver found asleep at the wheel with loaded handgun

Dec 29 2020, 8:14 am

York Regional Police found a man, who they allege was impaired, asleep at the wheel at a Toronto intersection with a loaded handgun in the vehicle.

Police say on Monday right after 12:30 pm, they were called to the intersection of Keele Street and King Road due to reports of a driver, Mathew Strachan of Barrie, asleep at the wheel.

When officers arrived they found a driver alone and asleep in his vehicle, which was in the middle of the intersection blocking traffic on both north and south Keele Street.

“Officers were able to wake the driver who showed obvious signs of being impaired. While speaking with the driver, officers saw drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle,” the release said.

“Following a test performed by an officer who is a drug recognition expert, the driver failed.”

The driver was placed under arrest and transported to #1 District.

Police also said that during a search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun was located.

He has since been charged with various offences which include Impaired Operation; Careless Storage of a Firearm; Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle; Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm with Ammunition; Contravention of Conditions of Licences x4; and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Fentanyl.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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