WATERLOO, Iowa --- Black Hawk County sheriff's deputies found the makings for a methamphetamine lab following a Thursday night chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph.
The incident started at about 9:15 a.m. when a patrol deputy noticed a vehicle with a malfunctioning brake light at Orange and Dysart Roads. The driver refused to stop, the ensuing pursuit headed north on Dysart Road into town.
The fleeing vehicle eventually made its way to Locke Avenue where the driver got out and ran on foot. Waterloo officers joined in the search, and Eric Gene Thompson was arrested after he was found hiding under a parked car on Howard Avenue, according to court records.
When he was loaded into a squad car, Thompson tied to hide a small bag of meth and some lithium batteries in his pocket, records state.
In his vehicle, authorities found a tank of anhydrous ammonia, drain cleaner and Coleman fuel, deputies said.
Thompson, 31, of 1028 Chalmers Ave., was arrested on complaints of conspiracy to manufacture meth, felony eluding, interference and driving while revoked.