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Dale Braithwaite charged with forgery after cops smell pot in his vehicle, police say

 Dale E. Braithwaite, 36, of Elmont faces forgery,

 Dale E. Braithwaite, 36, of Elmont faces forgery, drug and vehicle charges after being questioned by patrolling officers who smelled "a strong odor of marijuana" coming from his car on Dutch Broadway in Elmont on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, Nassau County police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

An Elmont man was stopped and questioned after police said they smelled “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from his car.

He was then arrested because Nassau County police said a subsequent search of that 2010 Mercedes-Benz recovered eight fraudulent Chase bank checks and four credit cards — none of which, police said, belonged to the driver, Dale E. Braithwaite, 36.

Braithwaite, of Leighton Road, was arrested and charged with eight counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana and several violations of state vehicle and traffic law.

Police said Braithwaite was sitting in the parked Mercedes on Dutch Broadway, the interior dome lights on, when patrolling Fifth Precinct officers smelled the marijuana at 10:25 p.m. Thursday. An investigation determined Braithwaite had been smoking the pot — and the search uncovered the fraudulent checks and credit cards, which did not belong to Braithwaite, police said.

Braithwaite faces arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.

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