Valdosta Daily Times

August 27, 2013

Three charged after high-speed chase

Authorities: Pieces of meth lab thrown from speeding car

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

HAHIRA — A high-speed chase late Sunday night led to three arrests and the confiscation of materials for the making of a meth lab, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

At 10:15 p.m. Sunday, a Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle near the 20-mile marker of Interstate 75, but the car sped away as authorities approached.

Lowndes sheriff’s deputies joined the GSP in the chase. As the car fled north on I-75, speeds reached approximately 100 miles per hour. At one point, the fleeing vehicle attempted to ram a trooper’s squad car.

Throughout the chase, what was described as “brick-sized packages” were thrown from the fleeing vehicle. Lowndes Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones said these packages were the components of the meth lab.

The expelled packages were recovered along the chase route.

At the 30-mile marker, about a mile south of the Cook County line, authorities employed a PIT maneuver, which essentially has a law-enforcement vehicle tapping the fleeing vehicle, while all moving at high rates of speed.

The tap usually causes the fleeing vehicle to spin and come to a halt. In this case, authorities waited to try the PIT maneuver north of Hahira where traffic was lighter, Jones said.

Once stopped, the vehicle’s three occupants were arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail. They were scheduled for arraignment Monday in Lowndes County Magistrate Court.

 Adam John Tate, 29, of Hahira, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and attempting to elude, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, speeding, driving with a suspended registration, defective equipment, according to the sheriff’s office reports.

Kenneth Murray Youmans, 30, of Sparks, is charged with possession of substances with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, open container, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Charles David Lynn, 33, of Sparks is charged with possession of marijuana, open container, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Searching the vehicle, authorities located components and ingredients for an unassembled methamphetamine lab. The sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Division came to the scene and recovered these items.

One car passenger claimed possession of the lab components. Another car passenger claimed possession of the marijuana.