Darien police discovered a gun on a Bridgeport man after he was Tasered twice by police Sunday afternoon in a routine traffic stop of a car carrying three men.
Stacey Sawyer Jr., 25; Dwayne Leak, 23, of Norwalk, and Corey Young, 23, of Bridgeport, were driving on Post Road when an officer noticed a defective taillight on their car. After they got onto Interstate 95 south, they were stopped before Exit 11 and told to stop at the end of the ramp.
Police asked Young, who was in the back seat, to get out of the car and asked whether he had any illegal objects in his possession. Young took off running across Post Road toward Leroy Avenue. Officers yelled at him to stop, warning that he would be Tasered. Young jumped onto the chain link fence of the Hill Lane condominium complex. He was Tasered, but it had a minimal effect and he continued to climb the fence and run into the complex.
Another officer caught up with Young and Tasered him again, knocking him to the ground. The police then found that he had a fully loaded .38-calliber Charter Arms revolver on him, along with 10 bullets in his pocket.
Leak also ran, heading down Post Road toward Corbin Drive. He was later found in the parking lot behind 1020 Post.
Young was taken to Norwalk Hospital to remove the Taser prongs and was then charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a pistol and carrying a pistol without a permit. Because Young has a previous felony on his record, it is illegal for him to carry a gun.
Young was held on $50,000 bond and went to court Monday. Leak was charged with third-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer. He was released on a promise to appear in court April 20. Sawyer was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license and failure to return a suspended license. He posted $500 bond and will go to court April 20.
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