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Tuesday, September 19 News

Easton man charged with DUI, drug possession

WESTPORT — An Easton man is facing drug and drunk driving charges after police caught him speeding down a street with small amounts of cocaine on his person, police said.

Officer Shane Pucci was on a routine patrol April 24 when he pulled over a vehicle for traveling unreasonably fast down Bayberry Lane.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Pucci reported a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, Pucci glimpsed a long, brown paper bag containing an alcoholic beverage, police said.

Mark Bartolone, 50, was administered a sobriety test, which he failed.

A search of Bartolone’s vehicle later revealed .04 grams of cocaine and several containers of alcohol.

Bartolone was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating while under suspension, traveling unreasonably fast and possession of narcotics. He posted a $500 bond ahead of a May 3 court date.

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