One arrested and firearms seized during traffic stop

A man well known to police is in custody and facing 15 charges after he was allegedly found in possession of two rifles plus ammunition during a traffic stop shortly after midnight Thursday.

David Michael O'Neill, 32, was arrested after a member of the Prince George RCMP's Street Crew Unit pulled a vehicle over near 1st Avenue and Ospika Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m.

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The officer found break-in tools, in breach of the passenger's probation conditions. That led to a search of the vehicle which police said uncovered the rifles, one of them a fully-loaded SKS-style firearm with a prohibited magazine, along with rifle magazines, one of which was fully loaded and in reach of the suspect.

Several more items including stolen identification and credit cards were found and the vehicle was seized as part of the investigation. The suspect also put up a brief struggle during the arrest, RCMP said.

O'Neill has since been charges with three counts of possessing a firearm or ammunition while prohibited, two counts each of possessing a firearm without a licence, careless transport of a firearm, knowingly occupying a vehicle in which there is a firearm and breaching probation and one count each of possessing a break-in instrument and resisting arrest.

O'Neill was last in the news in October 2018 when he was sentenced to a further seven months and 23 days in jail and 18 months probation in connection to a series of break and enters in the Norman Lake area during August 2017.

O'Neill remained in custody as of Friday.

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