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PD: West Haven man caught with handgun, crack cocaine

The following photo of Levon Sowell was provided by the Hamden Police Department. The following photo of Levon Sowell was provided by the Hamden Police Department.
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police K-9 helped officers arrest a man, who was in possession of drugs and guns, Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the New Haven Shooting Task Force was searching for a suspect in a shooting in that city.

Officers in Hamden spotted the motor vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting on Bowen Street around 3 p.m.

When an officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, who was later identified as 34-year-old Levon Sowell of West Haven, swerved and slammed into a police cruiser.

Officers continue to chase the vehicle on Sherman Parkway until Sowell slammed into a fence in the area of Ward Street.

Police said Sowell fled on foot and ran through several backyards until he was caught by the K-9 Hank. Officers caught up to the animal and Sowell and arrested him.

Officers located a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun as well as several bags of crack cocaine on him and on the ground.

Sowell was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm without a permit, assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, interfering with a police officer and engaging an officer in pursuit.

He is being held on a $150,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned at Meriden Superior Court on May 17.

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