Man Charged with Possession of Taser without a Permit

When a police officer stopped a car Jan. 9 for making a left turn without a turn signal, the officer found a 25-year-old man with a taser but without a permit for it, police said.

Darien police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the matter:

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the officer was following a 2002 black Subaru south on Noroton Avenue. When the car turned onto Hecker Avenue without using a turn signal, the officer stopped the car.

The officer noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and a passenger in the car and asked how much marijuana was inside. The officer was told that there was only a small amount. A tin cup in the center console area had several marijuana cigarettes in it.

The driver was asked to step out of the car and speak with the officer. During their conversation, apparently in response to questions police normally ask (although that apparently was not clear in the police report) the operator told the officer that his passenger had a taser, also known as a stun gun.

The passenger, Donald Pelletier III of Norwalk, was asked to step out of the car as well. He said he did have a taser and it was in his right-front pocket. Asked why he had the weapon, Pelletier said he got it in order to protect himself from robberies in Norwalk, and he was now trying to sell it.

Pelletier, of Lexington Avenue in Norwalk, was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, initially held on $1,000 bond. According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch website, he is next scheduled to appear Feb. 2 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


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