Charge after firearm alert
Reports that a man was waving a rifle from a car in Bay of Plenty triggered an armed police stop earlier tonight.
At about 8.35pm police were called about a man in a vehicle waving what was described as a .22 out the front passenger window while travelling on State Highway 2, near Papamoa.
The vehicle was stopped by armed police on Te Awanui Drive, Western Bay of Plenty shift commander Tristan Murray said.
The front-seat passenger was charged with unlawful possession of an imitation firearm while another man in the car was arrested on warrant.