City man arrested on drug charges
An Altoona man is in jail after police allegedly found at least seven different kinds of illegal drugs in his SUV.
Douglas T. Quarry Jr., 33, was taken into custody early Sunday after he ran into Joe & Mary’s Tavern while fleeing from an Altoona police officer who tried to put him in handcuffs, according to police.
A subsequent search of Quarry and his SUV allegedly turned up 35 grams of marijuana, 7 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of crystal methamphetamine in a small bag, one square hit of suspected LSD, one-half gram of heroin, one ecstasy pill and 13 acetaminophen and hydrocodone pills, along with a small amount of brown crystal methamphetamine, an unknown orange-colored powder and an unknown green pill that appeared to be homemade.
Various glass pipes and other marijuana smoking devices, an electronic scale with a white powder residue, numerous small and medium plastic bags and $440 in small bills were also recovered in the searches, police said.
It was about 12:40 a.m. when a parked Altoona police officer saw Quarry’s Acura SUV, with heavily tinted windows, turn from Lloyd Street onto East Walton Avenue. The officer pulled out to follow Quarry and was about to pull him over for the tinted windows when Quarry turned onto South Kettle Street and without signaling, crossed over onto the opposite side of the street and parked.
Quarry got out of his SUV as the officer pulled in, and he was told to stop and take his hands out of his pocket.
Police allege Quarry “repeatedly placed his hands in his pockets” despite being told not to do that and when the officer walked up to Quarry, he allegedly could smell marijuana smoke coming from the open front door of the SUV.
When the officer tried to put handcuffs on to detain him, Quarry allegedly struggled, grabbed the handcuffs with his left hand and then ran off after he was hit with pepper spray.
Police said Quarry ran to Joe and Mary’s Tavern on the 200 block of Bell Avenue and although the officer caught him as he got to the entrance to the bar, Quarry slipped away again and ran inside.
Police noted that Quarry was found on the floor, on his knees and overcome by the pepper spray. Quarry allegedly refused to listen to the officer who told him to place his hands behind his back and had to be forced into handcuffs.
Quarry now faces three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, felony escape, misdemeanor counts of obstruction of law enforcement, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia and summary traffic violations.
Bail was set Sunday morning by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger at $125,000 cash, and Quarry was lodged in the Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing slated for Feb. 27 at Central Court.