A 36-year-old Halifax man is facing several charges in connection with the incident that caused Highway 102 to be closed for several hours.
At 9:26 p.m. on April 10, East Hants District RCMP responded to a call about a vehicle off the road in the median in Milford. They were told the driver had a long gun in his possession.
Police tried to contact with the driver, but he didn’t respond.
The highway was closed between Exits 8 and 10 and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to assist.
RCMP were told that, before they were contacted about the vehicle in the median, there was an incident in the parking lot of the shopping mall in Elmsdale. A loud bang was heard and a vehicle, which could have been the same one, left the area in a hurry, in the direction of Milford.
The suspect was arrested around 1:25 a.m. and police seized a loaded shotgun from the front seat of the vehicle. RCMP officers noticed the man showed signs of alcohol impairment and took him to the Enfield detachment for a breath test. He refused the test and was kept in cells overnight.
The man is facing charges of:
Careless use of a firearm
Possession of a firearm in motor vehicle
Discharge firearm by portion of highway
Breach of recognizance (2 counts)
Firearm or weapon possession contrary to prohibition order
Possession of a Firearm for dangerous purpose
Transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle
Possession of prohibited weapon
Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
Failure or refusal to comply with demand