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Loud Muffler Leads to Fairfield Drug Arrest

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Bridgeport man was charged with cocaine possession during a traffic stop in Fairfield early Wednesday morning. The arresting officer’s report says the man was pulled over because of an overly loud muffler.

John Shuler, 41, was driving on Kings Highway just before 1 a.m. Wednesday when he was pulled over by a Fairfield officer. The noise from his car was clearly heard from the officer’s car, more than 30 yards away and with windows closed, according to the police report.

During the interview, the officer asked Shuler to open his door. When he did, a clear plastic bag with a white powder was visible between his seat and the open door, police said. The powder tested positive for cocaine.

Shuler was released on a $500 bond Wednesday. He is due in court March 22.

Also from the police blotter:

A bicyclist was struck by a car at the intersection of the Post Road and Reef Road Tuesday afternoon. The cyclist was unhurt in the accident, but the car’s driver was issued a verbal warning for the collision.

The driver, a 17-year-old Shelton woman, told police she did not see the bicycle as she took a left turn onto Reef from the Post Road. The cyclist, riding through a green light, struck the left front of the car and vaulted over the hood, according to police reports. He declined medical treatment at the scene.

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