DARIEN — A Bridgeport man was found with crack cocaine on him during the traffic stop, Darien Police said.

On Oct. 8 around 4 p.m., Vito Badalamenti, of Westfield Avenue, was seen driving eastbound on Middlesex Road without a front license plate. An officer on duty ran a check of Badalamenti’s back plate and found it was not on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The officer stopped the Bridgeport man who said the car, a green 2000 Volkswagen Golf, was his friend’s and he didn’t have paperwork for it. Badalamenti, 47, later said he was in the process of purchasing the car.

The officer ran a search of Badalamenti and found he had a history of failing to appear in court. While searching Badalamenti, the officer found two small white “rocks” in the Bridgeport man’s pockets that he admitted were crack cocaine. The substance later tested positive as cocaine.

Badalamenti was charged with failing to display a marker plate, improper use of a marker plate and possession of narcotics. He was processed and released after a bondsman posted his $2,500 bond. He was given a court date of Oct. 18. The car was towed from the scene.

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