Two 18-year-old men from Dartmouth are facing multiple weapons-related charges after an incident on the side of the road in the Portland Estates Boulevard and Portland Street area early Saturday morning.

One of the men is charged with nine offences, including pointing a firearm, possession of a prohibited/restricted weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. 

A second man faces seven charges that include careless use of a firearm and possession of a prohibited/restricted weapon. 

Police say they arrested the man after receiving a complaint from a driver who said someone had pointed a handgun at him on the side of the road.

The driver reported he and another man had been followed by a dark SUV and when they pulled over, two men from the other vehicle approached, police say. 

The confrontation happened at around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday. 

Police say the two groups of men knew each other. 

The two suspects later were arrested in a wooded area near a home on Hillview Drive in Dartmouth, police say.