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RPS recover firearm and stolen car during arrest

Police find suspect "passed out" in driver's seat.
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Police laid numerous charges after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle.

REGINA – Passing out in a car next to a shotgun is certain to draw some attention, and that’s just what RPS encountered recently. Police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at 10:26 p.m. on Nov. 14 parked in the alley in the 1600 block of Toronto Street.

“At the scene, officers found a male passed out in the driver’s seat and a firearm on the passenger seat,” said RPS in a media release. “The officers took the male safely into custody, and recovered a sawed-off shotgun.”

Police also discovered the vehicle involved was stolen from the 1800 block of Rae Street sometime between Nov. 11 and 13.

Tyson Michael Lerat, 26, is facing numerous charges as a result of this incident, including two counts possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, Section 117-01(1) CC; careless use of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, Section 86(1) CC; unauthorized possession of a firearm, Section 91(1) CC; two counts unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, Section 91(2) CC; possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, Section 92(1) CC; unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition in a motor vehicle, Section 94(1) CC; possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, Section 95(1)(a) CC; possession of property (vehicle) obtained by crime over $5000, Section 355(a) CC; possession of proceeds of crime under $5000, Section 355(b) CC; and breach of conditions of release order, Section 145(5)(a) CC.

Lerat made his first appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on Nov. 15.

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