Deputies take down mobile meth lab on the run

By Anna Norris
By Perry Russom

August 2, 2014 Updated Aug 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A mobile meth lab with four people onboard took law enforcement on a chase across two counties this weekend.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday, the Cortland County Sheriff's Department received a call from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department asking for assistance.

Deputies were trying to stop a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm on Route 392 in the Town of Dryden, but the driver refused to pull over.

The car continued into Cortland County onto Route 11.

A Cortland deputy deployed a "stop stick" at the intersection of Route 11 and Hoxie Gorge Road in the Town of Cortlandville.

Deputies said the car went over the stop stick, deflating the tires, then crashed into a small tree.

Deputies said one of the people in the car got out and ran.

He was taken into custody shortly after while spotted walking on Interstate 81.

Deputies said one passenger received minor facial injuries from the air bag deployment.

Deputies said while chasing the car, the passengers were throwing methamphetamine "one pots" out the windows, which are used to cook the drug.

One of the one pots hit the front grill of a pursuing Tompkins County Sheriff's car causing minor damage.

Several other items used in the manufacturing of meth were also found inside car, according to deputies.

All four people are in custody in Tompkins County. The Cortland County Sheriff's Office said they have not been officially arrested yet in their jurisdiction, so their names have not been released.

Lt. Todd Caufield of the Cortland County Sheriff's Office said the arrests on their end are taking a few days because the alleged crimes cross counties.

Deputies said the investigation is in the preliminary stages, but one of the charges pending will be unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory equipment, a felony, along with other charges.

No officers were injured during the assist.

Action News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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