Branford man arrested on drug and burglary charges after vehicle stop

Eric Kousen

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A Branford man was arrested with crack cocaine and burglary tools after being pulled over for a traffic violation, early Tuesday morning.

Police say at around 1:30 a.m., an officer observed a car driving through a red light at the intersection of Main and North Main Street.  Officers stopped the car and interviewed the driver, who was identified as 26-year-old Eric Kousen, at the rear of the vehicle.

While one officer spoke with Kousen, another officer says he found a glass smoking pipe and a “rock like” substance in plain view in the front passenger’s compartment. Police say both items are consistent with smoking crack cocaine and that the rock substance later did test positive for cocaine.

Officers also found tools in Kousen’s car, including a glass break tool, flat headed screw driver, mini crow bar and a mini sledge hammer. Police say these tools are commonly used to commit burglaries.

Kousen was then charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacturing /Possession of Burglary Tools, Failure to Obey Control Signal and Refusal to be Fingerprinted. He was held on $5,000 bond.

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