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Local man faces three charges after Cowichan RCMP search car July 1

An RCMP officer handcuffs one of three men arrested Canada Day beside Duncan
An RCMP officer handcuffs one of three men arrested Canada Day beside Duncan's White Spot. One local male faces three charges, the two others were not charged and were released.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

A Duncan man faces three charges, including possession of stolen property, after police searched the car he was driving Canada Day afternoon in Duncan.

"We call it a trisector," Staff Sgt. Jack MacNeill said of the one-stop trio of charges recommended against the 24-year-old.

The suspect was driving a red Chevrolet Malibu before it was stopped and searched behind the White Spot restaurant.

Other charges recommended by police against him July 1 include impaired driving, and driving without a licence.

"Technically, the person's not been charged yet as the information's not been sworn yet," he said.

Mounties also found a small quantity of marijuana during the search, but no drug charges were laid, he said.

The arrested suspect has been released on a promise to appear in Duncan court on Aug. 14.

"The male who was arrested is also before the courts on other theft-related charges," MacNeill noted.

The car was stopped — and back-up called — after the cops noticed its licence plate was listed on the Canadian police computer system, and police believed the car could have been carrying suspected criminals.

The Malibu was registered to another person, MacNeill explained.

Two other males, both known to police, were also arrested at the scene, but later released, he said.

The vehicle search involved several Mounties, plus an RCMP dog-squad member.

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