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Suspended Peterborough driver found with stolen licence plates, weapon in Cobourg: police

A Peterborough man faces nearly two dozen weapons and driving charges following a traffic stop in Cobourg.
A Peterborough man faces nearly two dozen weapons and driving charges following a traffic stop in Cobourg. Cobourg Police Service

A Peterborough man faces nearly two dozen weapons and driving offences following a traffic stop in Cobourg on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Cobourg Police Service, around 1 p.m., officers on patrol observed a silver vehicle missing a front licence plate driving on Spencer Street in Cobourg.

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Officers conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver was currently on suspension, on probation and had three outstanding arrest warrants with the Durham Regional Police Service.

The driver was arrested and a subsequent search found he was in possession of a collapsible baton and reported stolen licence plates, police allege.

William Tait, 29, of Peterborough was charged with the following offences:

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  • Two counts of operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon.
  • Three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
  • Three counts of failure to comply with an undertaking.
  • Six counts of failure to comply with a probation order.
  • Two counts of possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order.
  • Being an occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited weapon.
  • Driving while under suspension.
  • Driving a motor vehicle with failure to display two licence plates.
  • Use of a licence plate not authorized for a motor vehicle.
  • Failure to apply for a permit on becoming a vehicle owner.
  • Owning or operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing in Cobourg, police said Wednesday.

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