A 19-year-old Norwalk man was charged with having a weapon in a motor vehicle and three traffic charges just past midnight on Monday after police stopped his vehicle.
Norwalk police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident:
Benjamin Errera of Flax Hill Road was driving a Subarou at the corner of Water Street and Hanford Place when a police officer on patrol saw the vehicle making a turn without using a blinker. The officer soon noticed that the vehicle also didn't have a front license plate.
The car was stopped and the officer asked the driver, Errera, if the car could be searched. Errera agreed. In a pocket on the driver's side door, the officer saw what looked like a gun, with the barrel pointed down in a way that would make it easy to be grabbed by the driver.
The object turned out to be a BB gun with its orange tip painted black so that it looked like a real gun.
Errera was charged with having a weapon in a motor vehicle, failure to display a license plate (in Connecticut they're required on both the front and back of a vehicle), making an improper turn and failure to drive with both headlights working. Errera was held on $500 bond and, if the bond wasn't posted, he was scheduled to appear Oct. 29 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.