An illegal handgun confiscated by Colonie police. Photo via Coloinie police
COLONIE — A routine traffic stop on Sunday, Sept. 15 led to the arrest of a 39-year-old Schenectady man on weapon charges and DWI.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, officer Ty Bariteau stopped a 2013 white Honda Pilot in the parking lot of Shenanigan’s after the driver was spotted going 57 in a 40 mph zone.
The operator, Earl Pittman, appeared intoxicated and failed several field sobriety tests.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, which Pittman was not licensed to carry.
He is precluded from ever legally owning a handgun due to multiple felony convictions, Winn said. The gun was not reported stolen and its origins are still being investigated,.
Pittman is charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated for the third time and aggravated unlicensed operation. He is also charged with the misdemeanors of criminal possession of a weapon, DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of more than .08. And, he was ticketed for the violations of speeding, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and refusing to take a breath test.
He was sent to the Albany County jail pending arraignment in the Town of Colonie court.