Police: Drugs found on parent at Loyalsock Township school

When the parent of a student at Donald E. Schick Elementary School in Loyalsock Township arrived to pick up his son an hour-and-a-half after the child had been dismissed from school on March 7, Principal John Rhoads grew suspicious and contacted state Trooper Douglass Hoffman, the school’s resource officer.

Rhoads told the trooper he believed the parent was under the influence of something, an affidavit said.

Upon arriving at the scene, Hoffman observed that the parent, Michael R. McGarr, 30, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, Muncy, was fatigued, slurring his speech and acting confused.

“His eyes were red and half-shut,” Hoffman said in an affidavit.

Hoffman then asked McGarr for permission to search his vehicle for any evidence that might lead to the location of McGarr’s son. Upon searching the vehicle, the trooper found a gallon bag filled with a “green leafy substance,” before returning to the school with backup to place McGarr under arrest for allegedly possessing marijuana.

During the arrest, police found what appeared to be two small bags of marijuana, two needles and two bags of heroin on McGarr’s person, according to the affidavit.

It later transpired that McGarr’s son was in the safety of McGarr’s girlfriend at the time of the incident, police said.

McGarr was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges related to possession of marijuana and heroin with the intent to deliver, as well as charges of careless driving, driving without a license and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

The traffic charges stem from a teacher who witnessed McGarr allegedly swerve between lanes on Four Mile Drive earlier in the day. The teacher also said she was sure she had released the child to him about 90 minutes earlier.

McGarr was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman for a preliminary hearing on Monday.