DUI, other charges facing Bridgeporter
Published 3:43 pm, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Tony Blackman, 47, of 203 Parrot Ave., Bridgeport, was arrested on July 5 on charges of operating under the influence, improper turn, failure to drive right, use of drug paraphernalia, improper marker registration, failure to register a motor vehicle and failure to insure a motor vehicle.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., police said, an officer was traveling north on I-95 near the exit 12 ramp when he saw a blue 1997 Volkswagen Golf swerving within its lane. The vehicle swerved into the breakdown lane, back into its lane, into the center lane and then back into its own lane, according to the report. The vehicle was then stopped on the exit 12 ramp.
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Police said Blackman admitted that he had been drinking at a party in Stamford. He was administered a field sobriety test, which he failed, said police.
Additionally, police said he was unable to explain why the car registration and marker plate did not match. The marker plate was registered to a 2003 Nissan Sentra. He also could not provide an insurance card, said police.
While officers were doing an inventory of the vehicle, they found marijuana in a piece of paper near the front passenger seat and a package of cigars commonly used for smoking pot. There was also half of a bottle of lemonade mixed with vodka near the passenger side door, said police. Blackman admitted that the substance was marijuana, according to the report.
While he was being processed, police said, Blackman was asked to remove his shoes and a clear, plastic baggie containing marijuana fell out of his left shoe.
Blackman had 7.3 grams of marijuana in his possession, said police. He received an infraction for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.
He posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 15.