Two charged after meth lab found during traffic stop

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Indiana State Police say they have arrested two men after discovering a mobile meth lab during a routine traffic stop early Friday morning.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg, Senior Trooper Matt Marshall from the Indiana State Police Post stopped a 1994 Ford Ranger near West First and Spring Streets in New Albany for a minor traffic violation.

As Marshall was talking to the driver, he discovered he did not have a driver's license and had given a false name.

After Marshall had gathered the false information he was in his police car attempting to determine the true identity of the driver when the pickup truck driver drove away.

Marshall pursued the truck at speeds up to 80 miles an hour. The driver then stopped the truck after about a mile-and-a-half and took off on foot.

That man, who police have identified as 26-year-old Todd Anthony Phillips, was caught after a short foot chase.

A passenger in the vehicle, 44-year-old Orval L. Thomas Jr., gave up and was taken into custody.

As the 1994 Ford Ranger was being processed for towing an active meth lab was discovered in a toolbox in the bed of the truck.

Phillips, 26, of East Stonecipher Road, Milltown, IN, was charged with several felonies, including manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.

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