The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.
Police said an officer made a DUI arrest on Main Street on April 21 and found a loaded gun in the vehicle.
Michael Lefebvre, 47 of Folino Drive in Bridgeport was charged with DUI and carrying a firearm while under the influence. He was released on $1,000 bond for an April 30 court date.
According to the report, an officer monitoring traffic on Main Street at around 5:15 p.m. on April 21 was approached by a witness who said a white SUV heading south on Route 25 was driving erratically through Newtown and in Monroe.
The officer spotted and followed the SUV for approximately one mile and observed it crossing the fog line on the right shoulder four times and traveling on the center line twice, police said, adding the officer stopped the vehicle two-tenths of a mile north of Judd Road.
When the officer approached the SUV, police said the driver raised his arms above his head and then dropped them.
"His behavior was erratic and he kept raising and lowering his hands," Lt. Brian McCauley said. "The officer observed a black object under the steering wheel and ordered him to place his hands on the steering wheel and he complied."
When the officer asked the driver, Michael Lefebvre, why he was nervous and if he had anything in the vehicle, police said he told the officer he had a gun under the steering wheel — a Smith & Wesson .380 with a full magazine in place.
The officer secured the weapon and asked Lefebvre for his license and pistol permit — which was also run and found to be valid, registration and insurance card, according to police.
Police said Lefebvre was shaking and having difficulty obtaining the paper work. When the officer asked him if he had been drinking alcohol he said no, police said, but added that Lefebvre's eyes were glassy and blood shot and the officer observed two open cases of beer on the back seat and asked Lefebvre again if he had been drinking — and he said no again.
Field sobriety tests determined Lefebvre was under the influence leading to his arrest and breath test results at police headquarters showed blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, police said.