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CT: Man charged for hunting deer at night

Man charged for hunting deer at night
07/20/2009

SEYMOUR - A Waterbury man was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly jack lighting deer after a police officer noticed him sitting in his car at the end of a new subdivision.

Gustavo Useda, 50, was charged with possession of jack lighting equipment, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana about 3 a.m. Saturday when an officer pulled him over as he tried to leave the area, Lt. Paul Satkowski said.

"The officer saw a suspicious vehicle at the end of the road parked near a heavily wooded area," he said. After he stopped the car, the officer found a rifle in the car, as well as a lighting device, ammunition and knives, he said, as well marijuana and a pipe.

"Based on the evidence it was determined that he was hunting deer at night,"

Satkowski said. Useda was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of jack lighting equipment.

Jack lighting is defined as the act of illegally shining a light in an animal's eyes in order to kill it. It is illegal to hunt deer at night with a light, Satkowski said.

Deer tend to freeze when a light is shone on them.

Useda posted $1,000 bond and is due to appear in Derby Superior Court July 27.

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