Christopher A. Betty, 45, of 146 Madison Ave., was arraigned Oct. 8 and ordered held on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond during the court proceeding at First District Court in Hempstead.
He was charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, as well as third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.
Rockville Centre police officers stopped Betty at 11:20 p.m. on Monday, after they saw his car with a defective tail light traveling along the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway, a news release said.
During the traffic stop, the officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in Betty’s possession, police said. He was also allegedly driving without a valid license
Authorities said he was taken into custody without incident.
Betty is due back in court on Oct. 10.