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Wilton Man Charged With Driving Drunk With Gun

WILTON, Conn. – A Wilton man is facing drunken driving and weapons possession charges after being arrested in a traffic stop by Wilton police.

Stephen Ruttkamp, 54, of Old Wagon Road, was detected driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone at about 2:39 a.m. last Thursday on Route 7 near Ridgefield Road, police said. Officers pulled him over on Ridgefield Road near Skunk Lane.

Ruttkamp appeared intoxicated when he spoke with an officer, police said. He was later found to have an elevated blood-alcohol content level, police said. Police discovered a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in his vehicle. Ruttkamp has a license to carry the weapon.  

Ruttkamp was charged last Thursday with driving while intoxicated, speeding and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He was released and is scheduled to appear Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.

The following items were also reported by Wilton Police:

• A wallet containing $1,200 in cash was reported stolen from the bathroom at the Cactus Rose Cantina restaurant on River Road, police said. An employee left the wallet in the bathroom at about 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday to return to work. When he returned 10 minutes later, it was gone. The wallet also contained several identification cards, including an Italian driver’s license and an ID card from Romania. Anyone with information on the wallet is asked to contact Wilton police.

• Police were investigating the theft of $2,000 from a Wilton man’s bank account that was related to a car break-in reported at the Lake Club two months ago. Someone used a deactivated debit card last Saturday at a bank in New Jersey to withdraw $2,000, police said. The man reported the card missing two months ago after the break-in and had it deactivated, police said.

• Patrick Farley, 18, of Old Belden Road, was charged Monday with disorderly conduct, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Police said his arrest stemmed from a domestic incident involving an argument between a father and son. Farley was in possession of a plastic bag with marijuana, two Clonazepam pills, three small bags commonly used to carry heroin with a small amount of a tan-colored powdery residue and a hypodermic needle, police said. Farley was released and appeared Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court.

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