Ryanlee Mitchell Bowman, 30, of Tyrone, was picked up and arrested by Tyrone Borough Police in the area of W. 10th Street and Washington Avenue. Tyrone Police were aware of the fact that Bowman had a County Bench Warrant issued for his arrest from Blair County for failure to appear for a preliminary hearing that was to be held before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller in Tyrone. Police made contact with Bowman and confirmed that the bench Warrant was still active.

At this time, Bowman was arrested, searched, and was found to be in possession of suspected crystal meth, along with drug paraphernalia. Bowman was transported to the Blair County Prison by Blair County Sheriff’s Department on the County Bench Warrant.

Tyrone Police then filed additional charges on Bowman for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia through Magisterial District Judge Miller’s office in Tyrone.

The Blair County Bench Warrant was requested by MDJ Miller, due to the fact that Bowman had failed to appear for his preliminary hearing that had been scheduled before MDJ Miller.

According to the official police affidavit of probable cause, which was originally filed by Hollidaysburg State Police, Bowman was charged with the following crimes. That Bowman did possess, or use, with intent to use, drug paraphernalia, namely two hypodermic needles, one digital scale, one spoon, one clear glass pipe, and two plastic tubing pipes, for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance; DUI controlled substance, DUI alcohol or controlled substance; driving while operating privileges were suspended or revoked due to DUI; careless driving; fail to use safety belts for operator or front seat passenger.

The charges filed by the Hollidaysburg State Police resulted from an incident that occurred on May 19, when police responded to a report of two males passed out in a vehicle in the parking lot of Jean-o’s Pizza on East Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tyrone. One of the persons passed out was Bowman, who was seated behind the steering wheel of the vehicle. After several attempts, police were able to wake Bowman up, who at the time was confused and having trouble understanding what was going on. Bowman had difficulty keeping his eyes open and was unable to answer simple questions. Bowman did not know where he was and was slobbering.

At one point, Bowman told police that he was under the influence of the suboxone he had consumed prior to driving his vehicle to the current location. At this point, police indicated that Bowman was being aggressive and was not following commands. He was easily agitated and stated that police needed to let him go. At one point, Bowman allegedly tried to walk away from police.

At this point it was decided that Bowman would be placed under arrest and transported to UPMC Altoona for testing. Bowman was provided his chemical testing warnings once at the hospital and he agreed to submit to the test.

According to the official police affidavit of probable cause, on June 10, the official lab testing results were received by State Police. These results indicated the presence of the following: amphetamine, methamphetamine, lorazepam, and norbuprenorphine.

When Bowman failed to appear for his preliminary hearing, a hearing was held in his absence with all of the charges listed above were then held for court. The County Bench Warrant was then issued for Bowman.

Bowman is currently out on bail and awaiting his upcoming preliminary hearing on the above charges.

Portions of the information contained within this article were taken directly from the official affidavit of probable cause that were filed by the Hollidaysburg State Police.

Chuck Banas can be reached at cbanas@thedailyherald.net.


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