Uber driver allegedly had marijuana
Published 11:03 am, Friday, October 28, 2016
DARIEN — A Waterbury man was issued an infraction for possession of marijuana after getting pulled over for texting and driving.
On Oct. 11 around 11 a.m., a Darien officer observed a black Audi traveling eastbound on the Post Road. The driver was holding his cell phone in front of his face while driving in order to text.
The driver continued to text while turning onto Corden Drive, so the officer pulled the car over. When questioned, the Waterbury man told the officer he was “with Uber” and was using his phone to respond to a rider’s message. While speaking with the driver, the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer then asked the Uber driver how much marijuana was in the vehicle. The Waterbury man stared at the officer and then said he had “just a roach” in the ashtray.
The officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle and then called for backup. The operator consented to a vehicle search, which the police did. The officers found a glass baby food jar containing two marijuana blunts. There were also two marijuana cigarettes in the back ash trays, as well as one in the front that the operator admitted to having.
The marijuana cigarettes were destroyed at the scene. The officers seized the baby food jars as evidence. The driver was issued an infraction for cell phone use, as well as possession of marijuana, but released from the scene as he was not exhibiting any signs of intoxication.