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Tyrone man accused of DUI

Green to face trial on charges

A Tyrone man accused of driving while impaired will face trial.

Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller found enough evidence against Christopher A. Green on Tuesday to send DUI, drug possession and related charges on to Blair County Court.

According to charges filed by Tyrone police, Green, 49, was stopped by Officer Scott Beall on the night of Sept. 11, after Green allegedly made a turn without signaling.

Police noted Beall had followed Green as he turned off Pennsylvania Avenue and the officer watched as he parked the silver-colored Dodge pickup he was driving on the 1500 block of Blair Avenue.

Two other officers were also in the area and reported that Green got out of the truck, walked into a home and emerged about 15 seconds later. He then got into the truck, backed up abruptly and pulled out while spinning the truck’s wheels.

Police said Green drove at a high rate of speed down Blair Avenue, turned onto East 15th Street and turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue as Beall was also driving down the avenue.

Green allegedly continued to drive after Beall turned on his emergency lights and circled the block back onto Blair Avenue before he pulled over, according to police.

Police said Green pulled into a parking spot at an angle and after he was told to step out of the truck, Green appeared to stumble, had trouble keeping his balance and had slurred speech. The smell of burnt marijuana was coming from the driver’s side of the truck, police added.

Police said Green failed field sobriety tests and the Tyrone police K-9 unit allegedly alerted to the presence of drugs in the truck.

A search turned up a pot pipe, a gabapentin pill, two bupropion hydrochloride pills, a bag of alprazolam pills and aluminum foil containing some sort of burnt residue, according to the charges.

A hemp container of pot, a small plastic bag with white powder residue and a part of a Suboxone strip were also found in Green’s pockets, police said. Green allegedly said he did not have a prescription for Suboxone.

Police said Green refused a blood test after his arrest, and he was charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of drug possession. Green was also cited for careless driving.

Green remains free on an unsecured $5,000 bond with formal arraignment in Blair County Court scheduled for Jan. 7.

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