FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Bridgeport man faces weapons and drug charges after he nearly hit several cars in clear view of police officers who had set up a routine traffic stop on North Benson Road early Sunday, police said.
Officers said José Diaz, 29, of East Main Street, crossed the yellow line and struck the curb, nearly hitting an oncoming taxi cab and other cars at about 1:45 a.m.
Diaz failed field sobriety tests and, when asked, told officers he had a gun under the driver’s seat, police said.
Looking through the car, police found a loaded Lorcin L380 pistol under the seat, along with assorted pills and two baggies filled with a powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, police said.
Diaz told the officers that a man in Bridgeport had given him the gun in 2014 in exchange for a tattoo, police said.
They also found a baseball bat, which Diaz said he used as his “first line of defense,” police said.
Diaz was charged with possession of narcotics, carrying a gun without a permit, two counts of weapons in a motor vehicle and carrying a firearm while under the influence, police said.
He was released on $5,000 bond to family members, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 22.