Driver talking on cell phone lands in big trouble

A New York man stopped for talking on his cell phone while driving created more than a little trouble for police and himself Nov. 21.

Police said they stopped Angel Figueroa, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., at 10:40 p.m. on the Boston Post Road, in the parking lot of Patriot Fuels, after seeing him using a cell phone while driving.

Police found that Figueroa was driving an unregistered, uninsured motor vehicle, and had license plates on the car which were not registered to the car.

While searching his car, they found a .357 handgun, which they said Figueroa cannot have due to an active order of protection against him.

Figueroa tried to run from police, but was quickly apprehended.

Inside the vehicle, police also found an antique hand grenade, and that led to the area being shut down for a brief period of time until it was determined by the Connecticut State Police bomb squad that it was inactive.

Figueroa was charged with a number of motor vehicle violations, as well as interfering with arrest, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle without a pistol permit, criminal possession of a firearm and violation of a protective order.

He was held in police custody on a $50,000 bond.