Police: Man charged with DUI found with gun, open beers in car

Police: Man charged with DUI found with gun, open beers in car



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PLAINVILLE — A Hartford man faces charges after police said he was driving under the influence and was found with a loaded gun and open beer cans in his car on Sunday. 

Jose Carrion, Jr., 29, of 79 Julius St., Hartford, was arrested on Sunday and charged with criminal possession of a gun, weapon in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, driving an unregistered vehicle, high beams, and minimum insurance. 

On Sunday around 2 a.m. an officer driving on East Street saw a car driving in the opposite direction with the high beams on, according to police reports. The officer checked the vehicle’s registration, which was expired. The officer noted the driver, later identified as Carrion, took a wide right turn after the officer turned on the lights and siren. 

Carrion pulled over on Route 72 and the officer went to speak with him. Police noted there was a passenger in the car at the time. The officer saw two open beer cans in the center console and noted Carrion was slurring his speech. According to the report, Carrion swayed during field sobriety tests and did not perform them to the instructions.

Carrion admitted drinking a few drinks at a club in Southington, the report said. He was taken into custody.

During a search of the car, police located a loaded H&R revolver in the center console. The passenger denied knowing about the weapon and was released without charges. 

During a check of Carrion’s history, police found he is on special parole and is a convicted felon with a previous conviction for criminal possession of a firearm and other weapon related charges. 

Carrion’s breath test showed a blood alcohol level of about .13, the report said. The legal limit is .08. 

Carrion was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. The judge set bond at $50,000 and continued the case to July 2. 

lsellew@record-journal.com
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Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ


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