Man faces drug, DUI and traffic violations
A late turn signal and darkly tinted windows led to a traffic stop and the subsequent arrest of an Old Hickory Road man early Tuesday.
David W. Salerno, 45, was charged with possession of cocaine, driving under the influence and improper turn signal after an officer spotted Salerno's 2009 Cadillac Escalade southbound on Sanford Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the officer, Salerno did not have the proper Department of Motor Vehicles sticker for the tinted windows, and didn't bother to use his turn signal until he was in the middle of turning right onto the Post Road.
The officer said after he pulled Salerno over, he approached the car to find Salerno with his hands in the air and car keys in his hand. He allegedly said he did that because he "didn't want any problems."
Inside the SUV, according to the report, were "numerous" air fresheners and prepaid cell phones.
During the stop, the officer said, Salerno was easily distracted during questioning and despite an odor of alcohol, denied having had anything to drink. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.
During a search at police headquarters, the report states Salerno pushed one of his shoes under a chair. When officers checked the shoe, they found it held two grams of cocaine, police said.
Salerno, according to police, is a convicted felon, with three prior drug arrests, a DUI arrest and a conviction for second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in 2001. In June 2001, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after four, and five years probation. Police also said he has a pending DUI arrest from 2010 when he was arrested by State Police on Interstate 95 near exit 18.
Salerno was held on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Dec. 8 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.