As RCMP explain it, at about 6:30 p.m. an RCMP Southeast District Traffic Services officer pulled over a driver he suspected might be impaired. While he was speaking with the driver and four passengers, a second vehicle, with two occupants, stopped in the middle of the inside lane.
The driver of that vehicle got out and started yelling that the people in the first vehicle had firearms. The people in the first vehicle then proclaimed that it was the driver of the second vehicle who had firearms with him.
While the drivers and passengers of both vehicles were yelling accusations at each other, a third vehicle, unrelated to either of the first two vehicles, accidently ran into the back of the second vehicle that had been left unoccupied in the fast lane.
The RCMP officer detained everyone and requested back-up. Four other police officers arrived and all parties were questioned and vehicles searched for firearms. No guns were found.
“It appears that the people in the separate vehicles previously knew each other and were under the incorrect assumption that they were currently carrying firearms,” says the police report.
Both parties were allowed to carry on. The driver of the first vehicle was issued a 24-hour driving suspension for impaired driving. There were no injuries from the collision of the second and third vehicles.