WESTPORT — A Norwalk man allegedly handed over a bag of marijuana to a police officer during a May traffic stop before speeding away when the officer returned to his patrol car. The 25-year-old turning himself in to Westport police last week for charges related to the May 24 incident.
Police said an officer stopped a car in Westport after observing it drive past a stop sign at the intersection of Old Hill and Patrick roads around 10 p.m. on May 24. After smelling marijuana coming from the car, the officer questioned the driver, Kyle Cichowicz, and he allegedly admitted to having drugs in the car and handed over a plastic bag of marijuana.
When the officer returned to his patrol car with the drugs, Cichowicz sped away, according to police. Police said the officer was unable to catch the 25-year-old during a pursuit, as he sped away at a dangerous speed. A warrant was submitted for Cichowicz’s arrest.
Cichowicz, of Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, turned himself in to police Aug. 4. He was charged with disobeying the signal of an officer by engaging police in a pursuit, reckless driving, interfering with an officer, a stop sign violation, failure to illuminate a rear license plate and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.
Cichowicz was released on a $15,000 bond and given an Aug. 14 court date.