Bail lowered for Osceola Mills man

Conway faces felony drug counts

CLEARFIELD — The bail for an Osceola Mills man who allegedly ran from police after they found him in possession of a variety of drugs was slightly lowered after a hearing Monday in Clearfield County Court.

Chase Craig Conway, 28, is facing felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance and flight to avoid apprehension, as well as several related misdemeanor drug and driving under the influence charges.

Conway’s attorney, Steven Johnston, asked Pres­ident Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to reduce Conway’s $25,000 bail to a “manageable amount” during motions court.

First Assistant District Attorney Ryan Dobo re­sponded that these are serious charges and he didn’t “trust him on this case.”

Conway told Ammerman that he has a job waiting for him when he gets out of jail, and his mother confirmed he would be living with her in Osceola Mills.

After reviewing the affidavit, Ammerman agreed to lower Conway’s bail, but only to $15,000.

According to the criminal complaint, police received a report of an impaired driver passed out in a vehicle at a convenience store on June 12 in Houtzdale.

After an extended period of time, the driver woke up and drove away, but police were able to locate him in the parking lot of an apartment complex where the truck was still running and the driver was passed out again.

When he was awakened and asked for his identification, the driver — later iden­tified as Conway — said he didn’t have any ID and gave a different name.

He failed multiple field sobriety tests and allegedly took off running when the troop­er tried to handcuff him.

Only a short distance lat­er, he tripped and fell. As offi­cers tried to take him into custody, he reportedly resisted and had to be hit with a Taser.

A drug detection dog was requested at the scene and indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle.

After obtaining a warrant, the truck was searched.

Police reportedly found suspected methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, bu­prenorphine pills, marijuana, a digital scale and other drug packaging materials.