FAIRFIELD — A town resident was allegedly under the influence while driving and found with suspected crack cocaine after his car was stopped.

Police said a reckless driver, moving down the wrong side of the road, was called into police Oct. 7, and when officers arrived, the car was pulled over on Bulkley Drive.

Officers allegedly noticed signs Christopher Bartmess, the driver, had used stimulants. When he was asked to get out of the car, a piece of drug paraphernalia fell from his pant leg, according to police.

A woman in the car told police the pair had smoked crack cocaine together and turned over drugs and paraphernalia, police said. A K-9 search of the car also revealed a pipe and suspected crack cocaine.

On the night of the incident, Bartmess was taken to the hospital. Warrants were filed for the arrest of the 35-year-old resident of Balmaha Close in Fairfield, and he was taken into Fairfield Police custody Dec. 14.

Bartmess was charged with operating under the influence, narcotics possession and use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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