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Ex-Pitt hoops star busted in Beaver Falls

| Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:10 p.m.

Former Pitt standout basketball player Carl Krauser was arrested by Beaver Falls police Friday night on multiple charges, including carrying a loaded weapon and marijuana possession, after attempting to flee from a DUI checkpoint.

According to police, Krauser, 30, of New York was stopped at a drunk-driving checkpoint at 10:15 p.m. Friday on Seventh Street in Beaver Falls and got out of his car and took off as officers were running his driver's license. The former second-team all-Big East guard was found moments later in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store. Police later discovered a loaded gun under the front passenger seat and two bags of marijuana, one of them in Krauser's pants pocket.

Krauser was charged with carrying a loaded weapon, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, public drunkenness, escape and driving with a suspended license. A breath analysis showed his blood alcohol level was 0.067, police said.

Krauser played at Pitt from 2002-06 and is the school's No. 11 all-time leading scorer with 1,642 points. He played professionally with the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the Continental Basketball Association as well as in Romania, New Zealand and Canada.

In mid-March he helped lead the Quebec City Kebs into the semifinals of Canada's National Basketball League, where they lost to the Halifax Rainmen.

John Grupp is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jgrupp@tribweb.com or 412-320-7930.

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