Brookfield police arrested local resident James Kelly, 28, of Alexander Drive, after they discovered several different kinds of pills from different doctors and a firearm in his car during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
The arrest was the most recent of four over the last two months — three of which were the result of traffic stops — that include charges of possession of narcotic pills with intent to sell, "Doctor Shopping" (visiting multiple doctors for separate treatments to collect prescrpition drugs), forgery, assault and driving under the influence, as well as criminal and felony charges.
According to police, Kelly committed two traffic violations on Tuesday, prompting officers to pull him over at 12:23 a.m. When the officer approached the car he observed Kelly concealing a pill bottle, which Kelly handed to the officer when asked.
The officer was able to determine that there were multiple types of narcotics in the bottle and an investigation showed that they came from different doctors.
After taking Kelly into custody on charges of driving under the influcence, police discovered an illegal handgun in his car. Kelly was convicted of felony possession of narcotics in 2006, serving four months of a four year suspended sentence and four years probation, making possession of a firearm a criminal offense.
In total, Kelly was charged with:
- Failure to obey control signal
- Failure to drive in proper lane, multiple-lane highway
- Operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Failure to keep narcotics in original container (felony)
- Use of drug paraphernalia (midsemeanor)
- Possession with intent to sell (felony)
- Three counts of Doctor Shopping (felony)
- Illegal possession of a weapons in a motor vehicle (felony)
- Criminal possession of a firearm (felony)
- Felony violation of a protective order
- Criminal violation of a protective order
Kelly was held on $150,000 bond and pled “not guilty” on all counts in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday, where he was released on a promise to appear on August 14.
He was also arrested earlier this month, on July 11, on charges of assault in the third degree and disorderly conduct after being involved in a verbal altercation outside his residence with a female party.
Investigators at the scene determined that Kelly dragged the female party from his driveway into the road, causing minor injuries to her legs. A neighbor captured the incident on video.
Kelly was arrested and transported to the police department, where, during processing, a counterfeit $50 bill was found inside his wallet. The Secret Service was notified and a Special Agent responed to poilce headquarters to interview Kelly.
He was released on $3,000 bond and arraigned in Danbury Superior Court on July 12. He is expected to enter a plea at his next court date on August 16.
Court records show that Kelly was also pulled over twice last month — on June 2 for failure to display plates and June 10 for making an illegal turn — and was arrested both times for driving with a suspended license. He is expected to enter a plea for those charges on July 31.