POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A handgun reported stolen from Florida was recovered early Sunday after a DWI suspect tossed it from his vehicle during a traffic stop by a Dutchess County sheriff's deputy
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of Brandon Bailey, 30, of Poughkeepsie on Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A deputy sheriff on STOP-DWI patrol observed a 2006 Honda driven by Bailey speeding along Baker Street and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a sheriff's spokesman.
The Honda continued onto Church Street and then Main Street, before stopping in the back of a parking lot off of Main Street, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Just before the vehicle stopped the deputy sheriff reported seeing Bailey throw something out of the Honda.
A check of the immediate area was conducted and the item he had discarded was located. Recovered was a bag containing a stolen handgun and loaded magazine. The handgun was a .45-caliber Colt, a sheriff's spokesman said, which had been reported stolen to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida in 2011.
Additional investigation also revealed the Bailey was intoxicated. Bailey was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies.
Bailey also was charged with speeding and DWI for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more.
He was later arraigned in the City of Poughkeepsie Court and sent to the Dutchess County Jail, where he was later released after posting bail. He is due to appear back in the City of Poughkeepsie Court on Monday at 9 a.m.