Police: Driver Had Opioid Pill in Car Stopped for Tinted Windows, Cracked Windshield

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Police found a prescription opioid tablet in a car after they stopped it for having a cracked windshield and windows that appeared to be tinted too darkly, Darien police said.

Darien police gave this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 officers saw a green 2005 Nissan Altima with dark windows and windshield crack traveling on the Post Road at the Interstate 95 entrance near Exit 13. Police checked records and found that the license plate belonged to a Honda Civic, not the Nissan Altima.

The driver — Tory Hinton, 32, of Fairfield Avenue in Stamford — said he had switched plates on his girlfriend’s car in order to take the Nissan to Stamford to be repaired. Hinton didn’t have registration or insurance papers for the car.

The officer noticed a marijuana grinder on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle and a small pink tablet, later identified as a 10 mg oxycodone hydrochloride (a prescription opioid) tablet on the floor near the driver’s seat.

Hinton was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics, improper use of a license plate, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released after posting a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear May 23 in state Superior Court in Stamford.