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Man charged with DUI, narcotics possession

Published 3:56 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013
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A 58-year-old Scarsdale, N.Y., man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of narcotics and marijuana after police said they pulled him over for running a red light on New Norwalk Road.

A New Canaan police officer said he saw Kenneth Poccia drive through a red light at the intersection of New Norwalk Road and Lakeview Avenue as the officer was about to accelerate on his own green light. The officer turned on his lights and pulled Poccia's car over at about 10:48 a.m., police said.

The officer reported that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he got Poccia's information, and called for backup. The officer then asked Poccia about the marijuana. The man denied having any, but said that another person smoked marijuana in the car earlier that day. Poccia admitted to police that there was an unlit marijuana joint in a cigarette box in the vehicle, according to police.

The police searched Poccia and found a metal pill box with several pills in his front right pants pocket. Poccia said he had a prescription for the pills, but in the absence of a prescription bottle, the pills are considered narcotics, police said.

While speaking with Poccia, the officer believed he may have been under the influence of drugs. The officer issued a field sobriety test, which Poccia failed. The officer noted that he did not smell or otherwise detect alcohol on the man.

The police charged Poccia with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana. He posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 4.