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Cops: Reckless Driver From Bridgeport Busted With Loaded Gun, Taser, Knife

A 20-year-old Bridgeport man was found with a loaded .380 Special pistol with one round in the chamber and seven additional rounds, a taser, less than half an ounce of marijuana and a steak knife during a stop on the parkway, police said.
A 20-year-old Bridgeport man was found with a loaded .380 Special pistol with one round in the chamber and seven additional rounds, a taser, less than half an ounce of marijuana and a steak knife during a stop on the parkway, police said. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 20-year-old Bridgeport man who was driving recklessly on the Wilbur Cross Parkway and struck a vehicle was found with a loaded gun, other weapons and drugs in his car, State Police said.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, troopers from Troop I in Bethany were dispatched to reports of a motor vehicle being operated erratically on the northbound Wilbur Cross Parkway.

The vehicle had struck another car and continued northbound, leaving the parkway at Exit 59 and re-entering at the Exit 59 on-ramp, state police said.

Troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana after stopping the car near North Haven, state police said.

They found a loaded .380 Special pistol with one round in the chamber and seven additional rounds, a taser, less than half an ounce of marijuana, an open container containing alcohol and a steak knife, state police said.

Latrell Baker, 20, (dob 10/15/1996) of Bridgeport, was taken into custody and charged with three counts of weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of marijuana less than half an ounce, evading responsibility, failure to have insurance, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to maintain lane.

In addition, three passengers, including one juvenile, were issued infractions, and a juvenile summons, for possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of marijuana less than half an ounce.

Baker was released on $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on May 24.

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