A pair of young men, aged 18 and 20, are facing multiple weapon charges after leading police on an early morning car chase on Monday.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., police found a vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a business located at Marquis Road and Sixth Avenue East. An officer approached the vehicle to check for a valid licence and to determine the sobriety of the driver.
As the officer walked towards the vehicle, one occupant got out and the vehicle sped off, heading north on Sixth Avenue East. The vehicle did not stop for police and a criminal pursuit began.
Police eventually caught up with the vehicle after it collided with a snowbank, after which the driver fled on foot.
A police canine unit was called to the scene and the 18-year-old male was soon taken into custody. A search of the operator subject to arrest revealed two shotgun shells in his pants pocket.
Other officers approached the vehicle and discovered a second male, age 20, in the back seat of the vehicle with a loaded 16-gauge shotgun at his feet.
Both men were previously known to police. Each now faces charges of possessing a weapon while prohibited, carrying a firearm, possession of a weapon and prohibited weapon in a motor vehicle.
The 18-year-old also faces additional charges of failing to stop while being pursued and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.