Stamford police: Erratic driver faces drug charges

November 20, 2018

STAMFORD — Police say an anonymous call about an erratic driver on the city’s East Side led to charges of possession of heroin and driving under the influence of drugs.

Capt. Diedrich Hohn said he and several officers responded to the area of Courtland and Midland avenues looking for the driver on Sunday night. While heading north on Courtland Avenue, Officer David Squiteri spotted a black Mercedes-Benz C300 driving erratically.

After the driver pulled over, Hohn said the man, Pleurat Thaqi, 26, slurred his words while being questioned. Thaqi’s mannerisms were slow and pupils were extremely constricted, Hohn said.

Hohn said Thaqi was unsteady on his feet and failed two of three sobriety tests. While searching the car, Hohn said officers discovered 10 bags of heroin stamped “stranger danger” in Thaqi’s wallet.

Thaqi, of Colonial Road, was charged with driving while under the influence, failure to drive right and possession of narcotics. He was released after posing a $1,000 court appearance bond.

“We would like to thank the concerned motorist for notifying the police about the erratic operation of Thaqi’s vehicle,” Hohn said. “This observation led to an arrest, which removed a dangerous drugged driver off the road and prevented an accident, injury or even a tragedy.”


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