Man charged after firearm found in car following ‘deliberate’ crash

A man has been charged after a firearm was found in a car that was deliberately crashed into by another vehicle, according to police.

Officers believe a white Audi was driven into a white Nissan Juke on Gartloch Road near Avenue End in the east end of Glasgow at about 6.30am on Saturday.

The Audi, possibly a Q7, fled the scene and when emergency services attended officers found a firearm in the Nissan, which had left the carriageway.

The Nissan’s 29-year-old driver was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to be treated for his injuries.

He was then arrested and charged with various road traffic and firearms offences and was due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday.

A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Inquiries have suggested both vehicles were in Bargeddie Street driving erratically and may have travelled to Gartloch Road together.

Inspector Craig Warren said: “Our officers have been carrying out inquiries since the road traffic collision and we now believe that the vehicles were driving at speed from Bargeddie Street and into Gartloch Road before colliding in Avenue End Road.

“We are trying to establish if the firearm recovered from Nissan Juke was connected to this incident.”

Police are now appealing for information about the incident.

Mr Warren added: “This incident appears to be an isolated one, however, this does not take away from how serious this is.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen these two vehicles, possibly driving erratically, between Bargeddie Street and Gartloch Road before 6.30 am on Saturday morning.

“Think back, you may have heard or seen something that can help us. We would also ask for anyone with any dash-cam footage that could help us to come forward.

“Something which may seem insignificant to you at the time, may be the information we need.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police via 101, quoting incident number 3582 of Saturday 2 March 2019, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

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