A Winnipeg man is facing numerous charges stemming from a traffic stop last week in Portage la Prairie.
On July 24, at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Portage la Prairie RCMP officer observed a vehicle fail to stop for a red light at the corner of Tupper Street and Saskatchewan Avenue in Portage la Prairie.
Police say when the officer conducted a traffic stop, the driver was not able to produce a registration for the vehicle or a driver’s licence. The officer, using his flashlight, was able to see what looked to be a stock of a firearm under the floor mat in the back seat area - which turned out to be a sawed off shot gun.
The driver was placed under arrest and after providing a false name to the officer, the true identity was learned.
Jesse St. Paul of Winnipeg had two outstanding warrants of arrests from Winnipeg Police Service and faces several more charges initiated by this traffic stop. These include four counts of failing to comply with release order, two counts of possession of firearm contrary to order, obstructing a police officer, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized and operating a conveyance while prohibited.
St. Paul was remanded into custody and appeared in court on July 27.