East River man charged with impaired driving, firearm offences

An East River man is facing a number of charges after learning that an individual in Lunenburg County might be driving while impaired.

Kaz Henry Cox, 40, was charged with driving impaired by alcohol and drugs as well as multiple firearms offences following a traffic stop on Highway 208 in Nineveh on August 21.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Lunenburg District RCMP, assisted by the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, located the suspect driving a vehicle on Highway 208 in Nineveh and conducted the traffic stop.

The driver submitted a breath sample to a roadside Approved Screening Device, which read between 50 and 80 mg per cent for alcohol. Due to the driver showing significant signs of impairment, he was taken to an RCMP detachment for a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation. The DRE determined that the driver was impaired by drugs as well as alcohol and he was arrested.

A search of the vehicle following the arrest revealed a loaded and unregistered firearm.

Cox has been charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by a combination of alcohol and drug and multiple firearms-related offences. These include possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm while prohibited and transporting a firearm in a careless manner.

Cox was held in custody and appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court on August 24. He was remanded into custody until his next appearance on September 4 at 9:30 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

The South Shore Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit consists of members from the RCMP and the Bridgewater Police Service.

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