Delaware State Police arrested a Greenwood man after they say the man drove away from them with a meth lab in his car.
Police stopped David H. McCurley, 33, at 3:20 p.m. Aug. 15 as McCurley sat in his car at the intersection of Booth Branch Lane and Andrewville Road, said Cpl. John Day of the Delaware State Police.
McCurley closed his car door and put on his seat belt, but otherwise ignored the trooper, Day said. When the trooper reached through the open driver's side window to touch McCurley's arm and get his attention, Day said, McCurley accelerated, catching the trooper's arm.
Police pursued McCurley, who drove into a yard in the 6200 block of Nine Foot Road before fleeing on foot into a cornfield. The trooper chased him and tried to use a Taser, which was ineffective, Day said.
Other members of the Governor's Task Force responded to the scene and took McCurley into custody.
Inside McCurley's car, Day said, police found an inactive meth lab.
McCurley was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, resisting arrest with force or violence, second-degree assault, disregarding a police officer's signal, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous traffic charges. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $7,650 secured bond.
The trooper did not require medical treatment for his arm injury, Day said.
This is the third portable meth lab arrest this month. On Aug. 2, police arrested Felton resident James T. Moore, 39, after finding a portable lab in his home; on Aug. 12, police arrested Frank Sheridan, 33, of Dover after finding two portable meth pots cooking the illegal drug in his car.