Police: Derby man charged after ignoring warnings not to reach for loaded gun

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DERBY — A 30-year-old man from Derby is facing numerous charges after police say he ignored warnings not to reach for a loaded gun during a DUI stop.

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Jeffrey Charland is being charged with aggravated assault/deadly weapon, DUI, resisting arrest, and grossly negligent operation, following the incident.

On Sunday, at around 7:45 p.m. police say they clocked a vehicle traveling 75 mph in the posted 50 mph zone on Route 111 in Derby Center.

The vehicle was pulled over near the intersection of Main Street.

Police say Charland displayed multiple signs of alcohol impairment and indicated there was a weapon in the center console. He was immediately advised not to reach for it.

“Charland subsequently ignored multiple orders by the Trooper not to reach for the weapon and to show his hands, and pulled a loaded handgun from within the vehicle,” a statement issued by Trooper Daniel Lynch reads.

Charland was ordered to drop the weapon and then ordered out of the vehicle.

As police attempted to take him into custody, they say he actively resisted attempts to secure him and was forcibly arrested.