Gun found in stolen car after chase through Whitby

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Published July 18, 2023 at 2:13 pm

A gun was found in a stolen car after a chase through Whitby, police claim.

Durham Regional Police officers were on patrol around Dundas  St. and Perry St. in downtown Whitby around 4 a.m. on July 15. They spotted a suspicious car headed west on Dundas St. Closer inspection revealed the car had been stolen and the officer started a chase.

They pursued the car about 720 metres to Garden St. where multiple cruisers converged to block the car in. Police pulled three people out of the car; Jaheim Webbe-Wong, 22 0f Toronto, Donica Cox, 20 of Toronto and Joel Johnson, 21 of Oshawa. Police claim they found a handgun inside the car after a search.

Webbe-Wong and Cox both face nine charges. Both are charged with illicit gun possession and occupying a car with a gun. However, Webbe-Wong is also charged with dangerous driving and failure to stop. Cox is also charged with two counts of possessing someone else’s ID. Johnson has been charged with seven offences including illegal gun possession. All three remain in custody until a bail hearing.

When a gun is found in a car, police standard practice is to charge all vehicle occupants. However the charges usually only stick to the person later investigation finds owned the weapon. None of the police’s allegations have been proven in court.

Anyone with information can call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3968 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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