NORWALK, Conn. An excuse given by a Bridgeport man Wednesday afternoon did not fly with Norwalk police. The man, who did not have a driver's license, said he had borrowed the car he was caught driving, a car that was reported stolen from New Canaan, according to Sgt. James Boff. The man and his two passengers were arrested.
Michael Hudson, 21, of Bridgeport; Travis Forney, 21, of 40 Elmwood Ave., Norwalk; and Ryan Jackson, 21, of 17 Freedman Drive, Norwalk, each were charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy. Bond for each was set at $10,000. Hudson was also given citations for possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana, failure to use a turn signal and operating a vehicle without a license.
Police checked the plate on the blue Chevy Blazer at 1:46 p.m., after Hudson allegedly made a left turn without using a turn signal at Connecticut and Fairfield avenues. It came back as a stolen vehicle, and the officer followed it into a parking lot at a gas station.
He called for backup and another cruiser blocked in the Blazer. Officers drew their guns and removed them one at a time from the Blazer, placing each in separate patrol cars. Hudson yelled over and over that he did not steal the car, he just borrowed it, Boff said.
Police say they found a cigar in Hudson's right pocket and a small baggy with marijuana in his left pocket.
Also on the police blotter:
A report of shots fired at 1:04 a.m. Thursday in the vicinity of Flax Hill Road turned out to be a man with fireworks, Sgt. James Boff said. The man confessed and said he knew it was stupid.
A laptop computer and a projector were reported stolen Wednesday from the conference room at the Salvation Army Church at 12 Byington Place. The items were taken over the weekend. There are no suspects. An alarm in the building had been turned off because a contractor was doing work.
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