A man armed with a sword and other ‘bladed weapons’ has been charged after a vehicle crashed into the entrance gates of Parliament Hill

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Ottawa police have arrested a man who they believe rammed a vehicle into the gates of Parliament Hill while in possession of “bladed weapons”, including a sword.

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The incident occurred early Wednesday morning at 3:30 a.m. when an unauthorized vehicle drove onto Wellington Street, which is closed to traffic, and into the front doors, the Service said. Ottawa Police in a press release.

Security infrastructure prevented the vehicle from going any further, police added, and a nearby Ottawa police officer stopped the driver without further incident. There was little damage to the doors.

The driver, Maxwell Pate, 29, appeared in court later Wednesday and was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and mischief. Pate was previously charged with two counts of assault with a weapon on May 2. He was released on the condition that he possess no weapons.

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But police allege he had several “bladed weapons”, including a sword when he slammed into the door.

Pate was reported missing earlier this year and police said at the time he may have been armed with a knife and at risk of harming himself or others.

The OPS said it was leading the investigation into the incident alongside the Parliamentary Protective Service, which oversees security at the Parliamentary Precinct.

Vehicular traffic has been banned on Wellington Street since police cleared the “Freedom Convoy” which for weeks demonstrated outside Parliament Hill and in the city centre.

A parliamentary commission is currently assessing whether the street should remain permanently closed to car traffic.

In July, Ottawa police shared an image of a white van covered in “Freedom Convoy” images and loaded with flags that had driven through barriers erected on Wellington Street to prevent vehicles from entering. The driver of this vehicle was fined over $1,000 for driving on a closed roadway and disobeying a sign, among other offences.

With files by Aedan Helmer

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