MERIDEN — A Bridgeport man faces charges after police said he was found with a knife and marijuana after a traffic stop on Interstate 91 on Wednesday.
Shalmar Wright, 19, of 410 Carroll Ave., Bridgeport, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misuse of plate, no license, and no insurance.
On Wednesday around 2 p.m. an officer saw a vehicle being driven on South Colony Road with no front license plate and the rear plate came back to a different vehicle, according to police reports. The officer noted the driver, later identified as Wright, accelerated onto Interstate 91 south at a high rate of speed to elude the officer, the report said. Wright was stopped south of exit 13 and police noted he has a suspended New York driver’s license. The vehicle was unregistered and uninsured and police noted an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the report said.
Police searched the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana and a kitchen knife with a 10 inch blade and the handle wrapped in duct tape, the report said. Police noted Wright has a history of arrests including drug possession and sales in New York.
He was taken into custody and later released on $1,000 bond. Wright is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on May 10.