Orillia OPP seize loaded handgun after motorist avoids RIDE check

Police say they also recovered a number of drugs

A man is facing a long list of charges after Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say a man evaded a RIDE spot check in Orillia.

OPP and Rama Police Service were conducting a RIDE check on Atherley Road around one Tuesday morning when they had a brief interaction with a motorist, who they say evaded the check and continued driving at a high rate of speed into Ramara Township.

Soon after, police found the vehicle where it had crashed and flipped upside down. The person had fled the scene but left his identification in the vehicle.

More than three hours later, the driver was located and searched. During the search, police say they found a loaded handgun and a number of drugs.

As a result of the investigation, the following was seized:

·        Loaded handgun

·        Ammunition

·        Prohibited Weapon

·        Cocaine

·        Fentanyl

·        Oxycodone

·        Methamphetamine

·        Canadian Currency

·        Several Smart Phones

·        Drug Paraphernalia

In addition to the seizure, a 21-year-old from Etobicoke has been charged with:

·        Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine

·        Flight from Peace Officer

·        Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

·        Dangerous Operation

·        Failure to Stop After Accident

·        Fail to Comply with Release Order

·        Distribute Illicit Cannabis

·        Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm

·        Occupant of Motor Vehicle Knowing there was Firearm

·        Possession of Illicit Cannabis

·        Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm

·        Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose

·        Carrying Concealed Weapon

·        Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid

·        Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Opioid

·        Failure to Comply with Release Order

·        Failure to Comply with Release Order

·        Unauthorized Possession of Weapon

The accused party was held for a Bail Hearing on Tuesday.