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Westport Police: Routine Traffic Stop Turns Up Gun

Donald Flamer Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
K-9 service dog Atlas of Westport Police Department Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — A routine traffic stop turned into an arrest on several weapons charges for a Norwalk man driving through Westport on Sunday night, police said.

At about 10 p.m., an officer pulled over a white Nissan sedan traveling east on the Post Road because he saw it didn’t have a front license plate and the rear license plate light was not working, police said.

The officer deployed his police service dog Atlas to the exterior to the car, where the K-9 indicated a narcotics odor, police said.

When Atlas indicated the presence of narcotics in the interior and trunk, the officer found a black 9-millimeter handgun in the driver's coat pocket, police said.

The driver, Donald Flamer, 36, of First Street, is not allowed to possess firearms due to his criminal history, police said.

Flamer was charged with violation of conditions of release, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a pistol, police said. His parole officer was contacted, and he was remanded to be turned over to parole custody, police said.

Small amounts of marijuana were found and paraphernalia commonly used to package heroin was located, but no charges are filed regarding the narcotics at this time, police said.

Westport detectives are investigating whether the firearm was stolen or used in a crime, police said.

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