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Two charged with reckless conduct in Manchester, accused of smoking marijuana with toddler in car

July 21. 2018 12:11AM


MANCHESTER — Police arrested a Massachusetts man on reckless conduct and other charges Thursday afternoon after they smelled marijuana when they pulled him over for making a U-turn and running a stop sign, police said.

Gerard Coward, 20, of West Bridgewater, had a 16-month-old child in the back seat and another passenger when he was pulled over on Walnut Street about 3:30 p.m., police said.

Detectives in an unmarked car said they watched Coward, driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz, make an illegal U-turn on Walnut Street north of Webster Street before speeding past the detectives and running the stop sign at Walnut and Webster.

When Coward was pulled over, the officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and determined that Coward and passenger David Pento, 32, no fixed address, had smoked marijuana with the child present, and charged them both with reckless conduct.

Coward also was charged with operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol and received a summons for possessing 3/4 of an ounce or less of marijuana. Police seized the marijuana and more than $4,300 in cash Coward had, police said.

The child, who is not related to Coward but was in his care, was released to the toddler’s mother, who was called to the scene.

Pento was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and Coward on $2,000 personal recognizance bail. Both men are set to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court North on Aug. 23.

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