DUBOIS – A Brockway man who ran from police into a creek waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday during Centralized Court at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office.
Timothy Ryan Irvine, 26, 354 Egypt Rd., Brockway, is charged with intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and escape as a result of an incident on Nov. 17 in DuBois. He remains in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police learned Irvine, who had an active arrest warrant, was working construction at a site on DuBois Street in DuBois. At 10:50 a.m. they arrived near the construction scene, where Irvine was standing in a parking lot. He was advised to stay put there but he immediately began to flee on foot.
Officers followed him down an embankment into Sandy Lick Creek. He still did not comply with their commands to stop. Irvine proceeded into the water as an officer pulled out his Taser.
This officer warned Irvine that if he did not stop he would use the Taser, but Irvine didn’t listen. The officer then used the Taser but the prongs struck the water. Another officer went into the creek and grabbed Irvine, who continued to resist.
Two other officers went into the water and used their Tasers. After a few more minutes of fighting, he was eventually handcuffed.
Irvine had a black fanny pack that contained several oxycodone tablets, three syringes, a small plastic bag of marijuana, a metal spoon/knife combo with white powder residue on it, and two lock blade knives.
Prior to their encounter, officers had received information that Irvine might have a hand gun but no gun was found. Officers commented that because Irvine continually tried to reach something in a pocket as he ran, it is possible he discarded something while he was in the water. Police did search that area, but were unable to find anything.
According to online court documents, Irvine is charged in Jefferson County with manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of red phosphorus, risking a catastrophe, deposits/stores/disposes chemical waste, knowingly possessing ephedrine, flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment and criminal conspiracy/operating a methamphetamine lab.