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Police: Driver flees after New Fairfield traffic stop

- By Kendra Baker

NEW FAIRFIELD — A Tuesday night traffic stop led to weapon and drug charges for a Danbury man and an ongoing search for the driver of the vehicle in which he was riding.

Troopers stopped a vehicle for speeding in the area of Route 39 and Knollcrest Road around 8 p.m.

State police said initial contact with the driver and passenger led to further investigat­ion, during which the passenger “abruptly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot.”

Following a “brief struggle,” police said the passenger — Guido Bruno Alves, 20, of Danbury — was taken into custody and found to be in possession of an illegal handgun and a controlled substance.

State police did not specify the type of illegal substance found.

During the struggle to apprehend the passenger, authoritie­s said the driver fled the scene in the vehicle, traveling north toward Sherman.

State police did not provide any informatio­n on the descriptio­n of the vehicle or driver.

Alves was transporte­d to Connecticu­t State Police’s Troop A barracks in Southbury, where he was processed and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and resisting/interferin­g with an officer.

He was held on a $200,000 bond and scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at state Superior Court in Danbury.

“This incident remains under investigat­ion,” state police spokespers­on Trooper First Class Sarah Salerno said Thursday morning.

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