DARIEN — A 21-year-old Bridgeport man was hit with a slew of motor vehicle-related charges after being pulled over for not having a front license plate, police said.

On May 26 around 10:15 a.m., an officer pulled over a car going westbound on the Post Road that did not have a front license plate. The driver, Kevin Parada-Mendoza of Shelton Street, was also not wearing a seat belt. The officer checked and found there was no record of the vehicle in the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles system.

When the officer pulled Parada-Mendoza over, the Bridgeport man identified himself as “Oscar Alexis Campos” and said he didn’t have any identification on him. He told the officer the car belonged to him, but it wasn’t registered. He also admitted it was uninsured and the license plate he had was bought from a friend. He also said he didn’t have a license.

The officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the open driver’s side window. Parada-Mendoza said he didn’t have marijuana and denied smoking. The smell caused the officer to search the car where he found an El Salvador passport in a concealed compartment under the driver’s seat. The passport revealed Parada-Mendoza’s real name. He told the officer he lied because he didn’t want to get arrested.

Parada-Mendoza was consequently arrested for interfering with an investigation by giving a false name. He was also charged for failure to insure, driving an unregistered car, driving without a license or license plate and failing to wear a seat belt.

During booking, police found Parada-Mendoza was also wanted in Stratford on a drunk-driving charge. Darien Police contacted Stratford Police, who took custody of the Bridgeport man. Darien police released him on a promise to appear in court on June 5.

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