Erratic driving leads to drug arrest on Route 25 in Monroe

A Ridgefield motorist who crossed the double-yellow lines on Route 25 in Monroe as he headed toward Trumbull faces criminal charges Thursday for heroin possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Responding to a call about an erratic motorist, police observed a green 1999 Ford van, operated by John R. Kovacs of 44, of Elderberry Lane in Ridgefield, drift and cross over the center of Route 25 last Wednesday near the Trumbull town line.
According to the incident report, the driver appeared “nervous,” when asked to show his license. A DMV check showed that his license was suspended and the van was unregistered, police said.
Kovacs stated that he had not been drinking, according to the police report, but had taken some prescription medication. A search of the van turned up three folds of heroin, and more than 30 used folds of heroin, an uncapped syringe and other drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use.
Kovacs was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to drive in a proper lane, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. He was released from police custody after passing a series of field sobriety tests and posting a $500 bond through a bondsman.
Kovacs is slated to be arraigned on the charges Thursday at Superior Court in Bridgeport on Golden Hill Street.; 203-330-6288;

MariAn Gail Brown