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Media Release

Release Date: December 7th, 2019 - 12:34pm

Originator: Staff Sergeant, Gerard KELLY, Uniform, 905-825-4747 extension 2310

Contact: Detective, Jared MCLEOD , Criminal Investigation Bureau , 905-825-4747 extension 2385

Location: City of Burlington


Police arrest a male waving a gun while driving (City of Burlington)

Police arrest a male waving a gun while driving  (City of Burlington)

On Saturday December 7, 2019 at approximately 10:00 AM, a citizen reported to the Halton Regional Police Service that he observed a male person driving a motor vehicle in an erratic manner and following him. 

The citizen reported that he observed the other male driver to be waving what appeared to be a handgun in his vehicle.  The citizen reported that the other driver lowered his passenger side window and pointed the handgun in his direction and waved it about in an attempt to intimidate him. 

The citizen provided police information on the location of the vehicle and a short time later police stopped the vehicle on Appleby Line at Harrison Court in the City of Burlington.

Officers arrested a 41 year old male driver who was alone in the vehicle.  Officers located a replica handgun that was a "starters pistol".   This item fires blank cartridges and is not illegal to possess, but the male driver was using it in a flagrant manner as a weapon dangerous to the public peace which is a criminal offence.  

It appears that this incident was the result of a trifling driving dispute in which the arrested 41 year old male felt that the other driver had changed lanes and had "cut him off" which made him frustrated and upset.

There was no traffic collision in this incident and no person was injured in any way.

Pawel Starosciak (41 years old) of the City of Mississauga is charged with the following offence:

Weapon dangerous to the public peace, contrary to Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code.He will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at the Town of Milton on January 8, 2020 for a first appearance.Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Jared McLeod of the 3 District (Burlington) Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905.825.4747 extension 2385 or 2316.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.