SOUTHINGTON — Police have charged a Plantsville man with breaking his vehicle out of a private impound lot just hours after being arrested and charged with drug possession and attempting to flee from officers.
According to police, Jeffrey Bowman, 23, was driving erratically on Monday before he struck a mailbox near his driveway on Old Turnpike Road. Officers searched Bowman’s Cadillac after detecting an odor of marijuana and found a large plastic bag containing marijuana.
The passenger of Bowman’s vehicle, Ashley Pulvermacher, was also found to be in possession of another bag of marijuana and several unidentified pills. A total of 10 ounces of marijuana was found in the vehicle and nearly 2 ounces found in Pulvermacher’s drawstring bag, police Lt. Keith Egan said in a statement.
While officers were searching his vehicle, Bowman unsuccessfully attempted to flee and Pulvermacher charged officers as they searched her bag, causing minor injuries to one officer, Egan said.
Bowman told police that the crash was the result of him being tailgated. Police, however, received a report of a blue Cadillac driving “all over the roadway” before striking the curb and colliding with the mailbox, Egan wrote.
Charges against Pulvermacher include assaulting an officer and possession of more than half an ounce of marijuana. Her bond was set at $25,000.
Bowman was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to drive on the right side of the roadway. His bond was set at $10,000.
Both are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on May 5.
Later that evening, police allege Bowman broke into the private impound lot at Volpe & Sons automotive on South Main Street where his vehicle was towed and rammed through a security gate. He later passed by officers while driving the vehicle on High Street at a high rate of speed.
Egan said that Bowman then was spotted pulling into the Southington Police Department’s front parking lot to pick up Pulvermacher as she was released on bond. When officers arrived, Bowman fled onto the linear trail on foot, heading south.
Several officers assisted by a canine unit were able to take him into custody near Flanders Street, Egan said. Officers found a marijuana cigarette inside the vehicle.
Bowman was charged in the second incident with first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana, failure to insure a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. His bond for the second arrest was set at $100,000.
Bowman currently has open criminal cases before the New Britain Superior Court for six separate incidents over the past three years, according to court records. The charges in those cases include assaulting officers, violation of a protective order, assault on an elderly victim, possession of marijuana, driving an unregistered vehicle and disorderly conduct.
He also pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and two probation violations in 2017 and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, suspended after 18 months, and three years’ probation, according to court records.