A Rock Island man had a bad day at work when he tried to flee deputies by ducking into a bathroom at the plant where he was working.
The man, Matthew Edward Bowen, 29, entered guilty pleas before Special Judge Larry Ross to charges of possession of meth and driving on a revoked license. He was ordered to serve 60 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $750 plus costs.
Bowen was wanted on outstanding warrants which stemmed from a hit-and-run accident where he left the scene of an accident a month before.
Lawmen had tracked him through the identification numbers he left behind when he abandoned his wrecked car and jumped into another vehicle to flee the scene. Lawmen would learn the reason for his hasty departure from the wreck was because his license was revoked.
Deputy Matt Brown discovered Bowen worked at Yorozu and decided to pay the plant a visit in hopes of being able to serve the outstanding warrant.
“His manager sent for him to speak with us,” Brown said, noting the suspect bolted as soon as he saw deputies waiting on him. “He fled to a bathroom and tried to get away.”
Bowen was caught before he could get far. The deputies found drugs on his person as he was being searched.
“In his front right pants pocket was a glass pipe and a small baggie containing a white crystal-like substance,” the deputy reported. “Mr. Bowen stated the substance was methamphetamine.”