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PD: West Haven man caught with handgun, crack cocaine

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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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