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A 28-year-old Pomeroy man was arrested Friday around 4:30 p.m., after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in a truck before crashing the vehicle in Mineral. The truck was later found to contain a mobile methamphetamine lab, authorities allege.

Charged with illegally manufacturing drugs and ignoring a police officer’s order was Travis J. Older.

A release from the sheriff’s office said deputies got information that Older was driving a load of scrap metal to a salvage yard in New Marshfield. They went out to find him, as he had an active felony warrant pending out of Meigs County. An officer reportedly spotted Older’s truck on the scales at the salvage yard.

According to the report, Older attempted to flee in his truck onto Beckler Road when he spotted the sheriff’s cruiser. The officers pursued him.

A deputy reported that Older led the officers on a chase of more than five miles over various local roads including Ohio Rt. 56, running stop signs and reaching speeds of up to 80 mph, before crashing.

“Older failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Biddyville (Road) with Ohio Rt. 356, and his vehicle was launched into the air over all the lanes of traffic on 356,” the officer wrote in a report. “Older’s vehicle then traveled on to Scott Street in Mineral and crashed into a bank.”

While Older was being taken to jail in Nelsonville, the release said, he told an officer that his truck “possibly” contained a meth lab. A search of the vehicle turned up “an ‘active,’ partial mobile meth lab,” the release said, including materials used to make the drug.


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