Man leaves Hope House, charged with drug possession

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 21, 2012 6:30 AM

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A local man failed to return to the Hope House after being released for a doctor's appointment.
Jermaine Gary, 30, Coralville, was charged Monday with failing to return to Hope House, a community-based residential facility to which he was assigned.

According to a Johnson County law-enforcement complaint, Gary was assigned to the Hope House as a condition of probation. He signed out at noon Monday to go to an appointment at Community Mental Health; his expected return time was 3:30 p.m.

At 3:05 p.m., Joe Treloar was driving his personal vehicle and reportedly saw Gary walking with an item in his hand. Treloar stopped his car and approached Gary. Gary then threw the item out of reach and Treloar retrieved it, the complaint said.

The complaint said the item was a packet of either K2 or bath salts, both of which are banned by the Hope House. Treloar told Gary to get in his car so he could drive him back to the Hope House and Gary ran away.

The Johnson County Jail personal called the Hope House the following Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. to inform them Gary had just turned himself in at the jail, the complaint said.

— by Amy Skarnulis

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