Seymour man arrested on weapons charges after I-95 stop
A Seymour man who fled a vehicle stopped by State Police on I-95 has been arrested on a half-dozen gun charges.
Just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, state police stopped a red Nissan Altima on southbound I-95 near Exit 42 in West Haven. The vehicle was spotted because the registration plate was for a red Nissan Sentra.
Immediately after stopping the vehicle the front-seat passenger -identified as Lamont Watts, 21, of Meadow Street, Seymour - fled from the vehicle and into the woods and a residential area.
“Watts was observed by troopers carrying a black backpack as he exited the Altima,” according to the arrest report. “After a short foot pursuit, Watts was taken into custody.”
The backpack was recovered and found to contain two handguns, one with a 12-round magazine, and one with a 30-round magazine.
Both handguns were fully loaded and both had a round in the chamber. At least one of the firearms was stolen from a town in Georgia. State police said Watts also had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.
Watts was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court.
Watts was charged with transfer/purchase of a pistol/revolver, transfer of a stolen pistol/revolver, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a large magazine, carrying a dangerous weapon, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, first-degree violation of condition of release, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphrenalia.
He was held on a $100,000 was is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Friday.
The driver of the vehicle who remained in the Altima was identified as Tyler T. Marriner, 27, of Virginia Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with improper use of a marker/registration, operating a motor vehicle without minimum insurance and operating a motor vehicle while under suspension. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.