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Police find loaded shotgun, cocaine after stolen SUV crash

Two people are facing several weapons and drug charges, Hamilton police say, after an SUV crash was spotted by residents on a lower city street last week.

Residents saw crash happen and called it in, police say

Police say two people are facing charges after an SUV crash in the lower city. (CBC)

Two people are facing several weapons and drug charges, Hamilton police say, after an SUV crash last week was spotted by residents on a lower city street.

It happened on Friday just after 7:30 a.m., investigators say, when residents in the area saw a dark-coloured SUV hitting a hydro pole in the area of Barton Street East and Rosslyn Avenue North, near Ottawa Street.

The two people who were inside were last seen running off, abandoning the vehicle.

"Concerned citizens contacted police and provided information on their observations," a police news release reads. Officers were then able to track down the occupants a little while later.

"This has resulted in the seizure of a loaded shotgun, ammunition, illicit drugs and the recovery of the stolen SUV," the release reads.

A 30-year-old woman is facing charges of stolen property both over and under $5,000, as well as two counts of failing to comply with her probation, and possession of pot, cocaine, and cannabis resin.

A 38-year-old Hamilton man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of burglary tools, failing to comply with his probation, and possession of pot, cocaine and cannabis resin.