A driver stopped for a defective taillight on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre late Monday night was arrested after a loaded handgun was found in his car, police said.

Christopher A. Betty, 45, of 146 Madison Ave., Freeport, was arrested by Rockville Centre Police on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and what Nassau County police described as "multiple vehicle and traffic law violations."

He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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Police said Betty was driving eastbound on Sunrise when he was stopped for the taillight infraction at about 11:20 p.m.

He was arrested without incident, police said.