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Cops: Texting Driver Busted With Pot in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – A Ridgefield woman was charged with possession of marijuana in Westport after she was pulled over for allegedly texting while driving, police said.

The driver, Trusha Patel, was spotted by an officer texting on her cellphone Saturday. When Patel was stopped, the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside the car, police said.

Patel, 22, pulled out two ziplock sandwich bags that contained marijuana when the officer asked whether there was any in the vehicle, the police report says. She was charged with possession of a less than 4 ounces of marijuana and was released after posting $500 bond. She is due in court Feb. 28.

Also from the police blotter:

• A Trumbull woman turned herself in to Westport police last Friday on a warrant charging her with issuing a bad check. Kelly Patrignelli allegedly wrote a check to the Townhouse for Dogs last November with insufficient funds in that account, the warrant says. Patrignelli, 37, allegedly never resolved the issue with the business, police said. She was released after posting $500 bond and is due in court Feb. 27.

(Editor's note: Only small amounts of marijuana, less than a half-ounce, have been decriminalized.)

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