Seatbelt Checkpoint Yields Motor Vehicle, Drug Charges


Police arrested two Connecticut men on minor drug and other charges last week after stopping their car at a seatbelt checkpoint.

At about 3:54 p.m. on Nov. 22, an officer spotted a motorist traveling near South Avenue and Gerdes Road without his seatbelt, according to a police report.

During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled burnt marijuana in the car, the report said.

The driver, a 38-year-old Derby man, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a misdemeanor offense, as well as failure to carry an insurance card and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A passenger in the car, a 38-year-old Bridgeport man, admitted that he had pot on him, the report said.

He was cited for possession of marijuana.

The driver was released after promising to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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