A Southington man was arrested twice in a span of several hours Monday after he broke his car out of an impound lot and led officers on a high-speed chase as he returned to the police station to pick up his girlfriend after she bonded out, police said.
It all started when police received a report of a blue Cadillac driving “all over the roadway” that then hit a curb and a mailbox on Old Turnpike Road, they said.
Officers pulled the vehicle over and searched it after smelling a “strong odor of marijuana.” Police said they found more a bag containing more than 10 ounces of marijuana in the possession of the driver, Jeffrey Bowman, 23.
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 right.
His girlfriend, Ashley Pulvermacher, 19, was in the car as well. When police tried to search a bag she was carrying, she charged at and injured an officer, police said. Pulvermacher had almost two ounces of marijuana in her possession and was charged with assault of public safety personnel, interfering with an officer and possession of more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana.
Bowman tried to flee the scene, but was caught, and the couple was taken into custody. The car was towed.
He then posted $10,000 bond and was released. But a few hours later “officers observed what they quickly identified as Bowman operating his vehicle on High Street,” they said.
The 23-year-old engaged in a high-speed chase, driving through various parking lots before redirecting back toward the police department where he intended “to pick up Pulvermacher, who at the time was being released on bond,” police said.
He tried to escape on foot again, but was taken into custody.
Police later realized that “Bowman went to the location of his vehicle, entered the gated holding area and used his vehicle to ram the security gate resulting in approximately $3,000.00 worth of damage to the fence,” they said.
Inside his vehicle, police seized more marijuana. Bowman was then arrested and charged with first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing, sixth-degree larceny and five more charges, police said.
He was held on $100,000 bond after his second arrest and was due in Superior Court in New Britain Tuesday. Pulvermacher was released on $25,000 bond and given a May 5 court date in New Britain.
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