Wallingford police arrested a 24-year-old man, who was in possession of a firearm Monday after he was accused of trying to sell undercover officers drugs.
Maurice Menafee, of Wallingford, is accused of selling drugs to undercover police officers from the New Haven Police Department who arranged a meeting to buy drugs on Monday night.
According to police, the transaction was being watched by a surveillance team, when Menafee dropped his handgun as he got into his car. Officers thought it was not "tactically prudent" to engage with him at that moment, so Menafee drove off onto the highway.
The Connecticut State Police were notified while Menafee exited in Wallingford and went to a parking lot on Barnes Industrial Road. The undercover officers kept a watch on him until State police and Wallingford police arrived.
Police said a Wallingford police officer turned on his lights and sirens and ordered Menafee to step out of the car, however, he ignored the orders.
According to officers, a Connecticut State Police trooper was on one side of the vehicle when Menafee, still inside his car, "turned the wheel and accelerated toward" the trooper. A New Haven police officer noticed what was happening and drove his police cruiser into Meneafee's car, which prevented him from hitting the State trooper.
Police said Menafee still refused to comply with the orders. He proceeded to race the engine of his car with the wheel screeching as it spun, which caused smoke to fill the air.
The New Haven police officer pinned Menafee's car against another, so he could not move. At that time, the State trooper tried to pull Menafee from the car, police said.
Officers said as the State trooper reached for Menafee, an undercover officer noticed Menafee reaching toward the floorboard. The undercover officer had his gun pointed at Menafee and ordered him to comply.
When Menafee saw the undercover officer's weapon pointed at him and realized the predicament, he complied, police said.
Officers removed Menafee from his car through the window, after which he was handcuffed.
Police seized eight bags of marijuana, drug packaging materials, two cell phones, and a loaded revolver from Menafee's car.
Menafee, who has a long criminal history, was charged with criminal possession of a revolver, carrying a revolver without a permit, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, interfering with police and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
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