Police found a machete and a stun gun disguised as a torch after stopping a car when they had suspicions about the driver.
Eagle-eyed officers spotted that a man was driving even though the vehicle was registered to a woman and pulled it over to make enquiries.
Their intuition that something wasn’t right proved to be spot on after the stop led to the weapons being seized.
Patrick Dziekan, 25, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and possession of a prohibited weapon at Nottingham Crown Court today (6 July 2020).
He has been given a 15-month sentence, suspended for 18 months.
The charges relate to an incident on 7 November 2018 where a car was stopped at Loughborough Road in West Bridgford.
The officers searched the car to find a stun gun inside the central console and a machete under the driver’s seat.
Dziekan was arrested at the scene and the weapons were seized.
Officers stopped the car as it was clear a man was driving the vehicle, but it was registered to a woman and the insurance was registered to a company in Scotland.
Detective Constable David Thornton led the investigation. He said: “This was a routine stop and search after the details on the system didn’t match up with who was inside the vehicle.
“Thankfully no one was hurt and we were able to make the arrest and take both weapons off the Nottinghamshire streets.
“If you’re caught illegally carrying a knife or a gun, even an imitation one, you will be arrested and prosecuted. It’s no excuse to say it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else.
“Remember – the law is clear – if you choose to carry a weapon, you put your future in danger.”