Bristol Man Charged With Hunting Under The Influence

Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police have charged a Bristol man with hunting under the influence. Authorities say Raymond Lass, 22, was smoking marijuana while hunting turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey hunting season at the Aldo Leopold Wildlife Management Area in Southbury Wednesday.

Police say Lass was hunting from a popup blind, and as officers approached the area, they smelled the strong odor of burning marijuana and spotted him smoking what was believed to be a marijuana cigarette. Lass allegedly failed a field sobriety test.

Hunting under the influence is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Lass was also charged with marijuana possession, which carries a $150 fine.

He was released on a promise to appear in Waterbury Superior Court May 9.

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