Five youth are facing charges after a traffic stop in Halifax last night.
At approximately 10:40 p.m. officers assigned to the Central Quick Response Unit conducted a traffic stop on Windsor Street after observing one of the five occupants, a 17-year-old male youth, had a warrant for his arrest. As officers conducted the traffic stop, the youth ran from the car and was arrested after a short foot pursuit. The youth was searched and found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. The vehicle was searched and a collapsible baton as well as a can of sensory irritant was located inside the vehicle.
One youth was held in custody overnight. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court later today. He faces charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
Three 16-year-old male youths and a 17-year-old male youth, also face charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of a prohibited weapon. They will appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court at a later date.
The Quick Response Unit is an important part of the Halifax Regional Police crime reduction strategy, with a separate unit for each of our three divisions. The members in these units usually work in a plain clothes capacity and address crime and quality-of-life issues.