Six firearms were seized and a man arrested after a collision on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt this past Thursday (July 21).

Just before 8 a.m., Merritt RCMP began receiving reports of an erratic driver on Highway 5, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk in a press release.

Following those reports, police received word that a white Toyota Camry struck a transport truck on the highway near Mine Creek, and the alleged driver of the car had been detained by a witness after attempting to flee the scene.

Merritt RCMP arrested the man upon arrival and while searching the 44-year-old’s vehicle located six firearms.

The man, who is known to police, had two handguns and four long guns in his possession along with ammunition. One of the handguns — a semi automatic nine millimetre — was loaded with a 15 round magazine, Moskaluk stated in the press release.

The man is facing numerous charges in relation to the firearms and for driving offences.

He was charged for possessing firearms contrary to prohibition and careless storage and possession of restricted weapons.

Hope RCMP also assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this matter or having witnessed any of the incidents stated above are asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

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