Police: Bridgeport man charged after knife found in car
BRIDGEPORT — A city man was charged after a knife was found in his car earlier this week, police said.
Lee Bember, 30, of Marigold Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. Police also issued Bember an infraction for having window tints beyond the legal limit and for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.
On March 11, a Bridgeport police officer was traveling northbound on Route 8 near exit 3 when he saw a car with “extremely dark tinted windows,” according to an incident report obtained Friday.
The officer said the car caught his attention because a car of the same make and color with similar window tints had previously engaged the officer in a pursuit. During that pursuit, police were warned there was a possibility of weapons being in the car, the incident report said.
When the officer saw the car’s license plate on Route 8, he confirmed with dispatch that it was the same car that had previously engaged him in a pursuit. The officer followed the car as it took exit 5 off Route 8, the incident report said.
“Once stopped in traffic multiple … units converged on scene,” the officer wrote in a summary of the incident.
Officers had all occupants exit the car, the incident report said, and the officer said he “immediately recognized” the driver — later identified as Bember — from the previous incident. Bember was patted down for possible weapons, the incident report said. None were found on his person.
Bember was placed into handcuffs and put in the back of the officer’s patrol car. Two other passengers in the car were initially detained.
One passenger was cleared and released without incident.
The other passenger — later identified as Ariana Porter,