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Suspected Marijuana User Waives Preliminary Hearing

Zachary Revay, of Kittanning, was released on his own recognizance from the Armstrong County Jail earlier this week. (jail file photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

A Kittanning man jailed for nine days after driving through Manor Township with bags of marijuana in his vehicle a few weeks ago was released from jail earlier this week.

Zachary Revay, 24, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon before District Magisterial Judge Daniel George and was released on his own recognizance.

Manor Township Police seized about seven pounds worth of marijuana from the backseat of Revay’s Honda CRV February 19 after calls about Revay driving recklessly through the municipality as well as Kittanning Township.

Police found four large plastic bags and a small bag of the marijuana.

Manor Township Police Officer and ARMNET Area Coordinator Frank Pitzer estimated a street value of about $15,000 for the substance.

Manor Township Officer Steven Cippel said Revay was taken to the State Police barracks in Kittanning to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert after possibly driving under the influence.

“From the smell of the vehicle, what we found and Mr. Revay had made some comments that he was under the influence; that made our determinations a little easier. Looking at his eyes, that smell (allowed us to) take him into custody,” Officer Cippel said in February.

Revay later declined to give a blood sample at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin Township and was taken to the Armstrong County Jail in Rayburn Township.

Revay is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs, misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were optimistic that they were able to get more drugs off the streets of central-Armstrong County.