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Man Driving 100-Plus MPH In Fairfield County Caught With Drugs, Police Say

Matthew Santiago
Matthew Santiago Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

State Police nabbed a 21-year-old man with pot after he was allegedly clocked traveling more than 100 miles an hour on Route 8 in Shelton.

Matthew Santiago of Ansonia was arrested Wednesday, March 13, after Connecticut State Trooper Ryan Burke and his partner K9 Cezar were checking for speeders on Route 8 when Santiago went flying by, the state police said.

A check of his speed showed he was traveling at 106 miles per hour.

Burke stopped the vehicle and while speaking with Santiago, the trooper said he could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle but didn't see any drugs in plain site.

A search of the vehicle by K9 Cezar turned up 3.84 ounces of marijuana in the vehicle, state police said.

Santiago was charged with reckless driving over 85 miles per hour, operating without a license, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia, state police said.

He was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 25.

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