Drunk Man Caught In Car With Loaded Gun

8th August 2016

A man has pleaded guilty to firearms offences after he was found intoxicated in his car in possession of a live and loaded gun.

Nathan Gardier, 24 (9.2.92) of Falmer Road, London, E17, pleaded guilty to all offences when he appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court on Friday, 5 August, charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, and being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcohol level above the prescribed limit.

The offence took place on Thursday, 4 August, in Willow Walk, London E17 when a member of the public went over to Gardier, who was in his car under the influence of drink and had fallen asleep whilst driving in slow moving traffic.

The member of the public noticed Gardier had a gun on his lap. He took the keys from the ignition and flagged down a passing police vehicle.

Two borough officers checked on Gardier. Whilst they were doing this, he woke up and the officers held his arms whilst removing the gun from the vehicle.

The gun, an automatic handgun, was later found to be live and loaded.

Nathan Gardier was arrested and taken to an east London police station and subsequently charged as above.

Detective from the Trident and Area Crime Command investigated.

Gardier will appear for sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 August.

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