Here's What a Traffic Stop for Tinted Windows Turned up in Darien

You never know what a driver going through Darien may have in the console. Could be a loaded handgun.

Say hello to this little friend: A Walther PPS as seen on Wikimedia Commons (an image which may look a bit different from the gun seized by police after a traffic stop on Hoyt Street last week).
Say hello to this little friend: A Walther PPS as seen on Wikimedia Commons (an image which may look a bit different from the gun seized by police after a traffic stop on Hoyt Street last week).
It was only a way to defend himself in the Bridgeport neighborhood he lives in, the 30-year-old driver told a Darien police officer at a traffic stop on Hoyt Street last week, according to police.

What the driver, Sheridan Webb, was referring to was a Walther PPS semi-automatic pistol in the console next to the driver's seat — with one round in the chamber and seven more in the magazine, police said.

Here's the account (an accusation not proven in court) given by Darien police of the incident:

At about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, a police officer on Hoyt Street saw a blue, 2003 Pontiac Grand Am traveling south on Hoyt Street.

The car's windows were tinted, which can be a violation of the law unless the tinting job is inspected. State law allows tinted windows, but only to a certain degree.

The officer, who couldn't see through the windows, stopped the cobalt blue car to see if the tint inspection sticker was on the window. It wasn't.

The police officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle, so the officer searched the car and found 7.7 grams (less than half an ounce) of pot.

The fully loaded 9mm handgun was also found in the car. The gun was in the center console, between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Webb's license to drive a motor vehicle had been suspended, the officer also found.

Webb, of Sedgwick Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with illegally having a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to return a suspended license and failure to have a tint inspection sticker on a tinted window.

He was released on a $600 bond and is scheduled to appear June 27 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

PT June 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Gustave June 24, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Chris, I do not think the 2nd Amendment pertains to tinted windows or marijuana, but you are right, having a gun in your car should be fine.
Don W June 24, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Did he have a permit to carry a pistol? Horrible reporting.
Hector Medina June 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM
People! Read the Law! http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/rpt/2013-R-0001.htm It is NOT alright to carry a pistol in your car. The Law defines as "carry" to have the handgun "on or about one's person". It is NOT alright to be in possession of a handgun if you have a "rap sheet" that includes possession of narcotics. There is NO reason for someone to tint their car windows to such an extent that no one can see inside. Horrible reporting, yes! The MAIN thing here is that the police officer making the stop was incredibly courageous and did his duty. Now, let's hope that the courts do theirs. A good chunk of the problems that arise later with terribly tragic consequences have some "petty antecedent" like this one that no one thought important. The law must be followed, we do not really need new laws, what we need is to know and enforce the ones we already have. JMHO
Lauren June 26, 2014 at 09:39 AM
People tint windows because they like the way it looks - I understand why its illegal to a certain degree of darkness, but its all personal preference.


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