Near the Nassau Expressway and Burnside Ave, a 4th Precinct police officer saw a red 2010 Volkswagen commit multiple traffic infractions, and the officer stopped the vehicle. During the subsequent investigation, Dequan Smith, 24 of Prospect Avenue, a passenger in the car, was allegedly found with the firearm.
Smith was arrested. The driver, not identified, was issued multiple traffic summons and released. Another passenger, also not identified, was also released from the scene.
Smith was charged with second-degree criminal possession of weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He will be arraigned on Nov. 22 at First District Court in Hempstead.