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Published January 9, 2024

Bracebridge man 'holding a beer and waving a firearm at vehicles' charged by Sault Ste. Marie OPP

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Sault Ste. Marie OPP say they charged a Bracebridge man after a report he was "holding a beer and waving a firearm at vehicles."

OPP responded to the report on Highway 17 near Chippawa Falls in Tilley Township on Monday just after 1:30 p.m.

The report also mentioned that the man was trying to flag down the vehicles.

"Officers arrived on scene a short time later and observed the suspect holding a firearm walking unsteadily in the middle of the highway," OPP stated in a release. "Police ordered the suspect to drop the 22-caliber rifle. At 1:48 p.m., the suspect complied and was arrested."

The 66-year-old was charged with:

  • Handle Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition in a Careless Manner
  • Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition
  • Unlawfully Possess Loaded Firearm Within 8 Metres of Road
  • Being Intoxicated in Public Place
  • Having Liquor in Open Container in Unauthorized Place in Unauthorized Place

He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Sault Ste. Marie court in February.

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