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Officers seize 12-gauge shotgun while arresting impaired driver on Carling Avenue: Ottawa police

Ottawa police say they found a shotgun in a vehicle on Carling Avenue earlier this week after stopping the driver on suspicion of impaired driving.
Ottawa police say they found a shotgun in a vehicle on Carling Avenue earlier this week after stopping the driver on suspicion of impaired driving. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Nathalie Madore

What started as a traffic stop for a suspected impaired driver earlier this week ultimately led officers to seize an illicit weapon and lay charges against two individuals, according to Ottawa police.

Front-line officers say they responded to calls about an erratic driver on Carling Avenue near Woodroffe Avenue on Tuesday evening, where they reportedly found a weaving car and arrested the driver on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired.

Officers say they then found ammunition in the driver’s pocket, prompting a further search of the vehicle, where police say they found a 12-gauge shotgun.

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An Ottawa Police Service release lists the firearm as a “crime shotgun,” referring to a weapon allegedly used in the commission of a crime or with the intent to commit a crime.

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The driver, 35-year-old Mathieu Lamarche of Cornwall, Ont., as well as a passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old Marissa Schoenfeldt of no fixed address, are both facing multiple charges related to the possession of an unauthorized firearm in a vehicle.

Lamarche was also charged with failing to comply with a probation order and two counts related to impaired driving.

Both were scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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