Nicholas Messina, 26, of Fairfield, was arrested Thursday at approximately 11 p.m. after police reportedly found a bowl of marijuana in his car.

Police said Messina was sleeping in his vehicle at Compo Beach. When an officer woke him to check on his welfare, he reportedly saw the bowl with the marijuana on a seat next to Messina.

Messina was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and was released on a written promise to appear March 3 in Norwalk Superior Court.