EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDeputies Arrest Man They Say Had Mobile Meth Lab, Stole Sheriff's Office Vehicle
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 23, 2013 9:24 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
Panther, McDowell County , West Virginia
McDowell County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who they said stole and fled in a sheriff’s office vehicle after he was stopped with a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.
Ricky Monroe Johnson was driving a vehicle that stopped about 1 p.m. Monday in the Panther area, according to a news release from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said after pulling the vehicle over they found a meth lab that was in the process of cooking meth. The officers called for backup, but they said the suspect was able to steal a sheriff’s office vehicle and flee the scene.
State Police and other members of the sheriff’s office chased Johnson and were able to catch the suspect after a short pursuit, the release said.
Johnson is charged with operating a clandestine lab, fleeing vehicle, fleeing other than vehicle, obstructing an officer, grand larceny, driving under the influence, fleeing while driving under the influence.,
Johnson was being detained in the McDowell County holding unit and was awaiting his arraignment in magistrate court.
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