Const. John-Paul Peel, along with other officers, attended and arrested Mecham, after observing a handgun tucked into his waist band. The ATV turned out to be stolen, and the handgun recovered turned out to be loaded, say police.
“While this incident was safely brought to a conclusion, the presence of a loaded firearm in Mecham’s possession, could have led to a tragic outcome,” said Cpl. Brett Squire. “The Williams Lake RCMP is committed to targeting the prolific offenders who target our communities. In order to achieve this, reports of suspicious activity from members of the public are vitally important, and the public is encouraged to report instead of approaching themselves.”
Mecham appeared in Court on August 5, after police recommended 25 Criminal Code Charges including:
- Five counts of Breach of Release Order – Sec 145(5)(a)
- Five Counts of Breach of Probation – Sec 733(1)
- Possession of Stolen Property – Sec 354(1)(a)
- Operate Conveyance while impaired – Sec 320.14(1)(a)
- Eleven Weapons offences