EAST PENN TWP., Pa. – State police responding to a domestic dispute stumbled upon an alleged meth lab and chased a wanted man, who leaped, handcuffed, from a second-story deck .
Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home in the first block of Christman Road about 6 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic dispute, according to a news release from the Lehighton barracks.
Troopers arrested Jason M. Trinkle for failing to appear in Lehigh County Court on an outstanding drug possession charge. After authorities placed Trinkle under arrest, a search of the home turned up an active methamphetamine lab, according to police.
A 37-year-old woman and 5-year-old boy were in the home at the time.
With his hands handcuffed behind his back. Trinkle allegedly jumped up from chair in which he was sitting, ran across the second-floor deck and jumped over the railing, falling about 15 feet to the ground, police said.
As Trinkle tried to stand up and run, troopers used a Taser to apprehend him. The 38-year-old was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of the injuries that he sustained in the fall, police said.
The Pennsylvania State Police clandestine lab team responded to the home and dismantled the lab.
Trinkle faces several charges, including simple assault, escape, child endangerment, resisting arrest and dumping meth waste. He was sent to Carbon County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.
A man wanted for skipping his Lehigh County court appearance on drug possession charges was busted by state police for allegedly operating a methamphetamine laboratory.
Jason M. Trinkle, 38, in Carbon County, had skipped a July 15 preliminary hearing before a Lehigh County district judge on various drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges.
Lehigh County Judge Robert L. Steinberg then approved a bench warrant for Trinkle’s arrest.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police in Lehighton responded to a report of a domestic fight between Trinkle, a 37-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy at a home in the first block of Christman Road in East Penn Township.
As troopers were arresting Trinkle on the bench warrant, police saw indicators of criminal activity at the home, according to a news release. Troopers searched the residence.
During the search, troopers found an active methamphetamine laboratory, which included products and ingredients to make meth, police said. Trinkle, who was handcuffed behind his back, then jumped off the chair he was sitting on, ran outside and attempted to leap off a second-story deck, falling 15 feet to the ground, police said.
Police said they had to use a stun gun on Trinkle as he tried to get up. Trinkle was then transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the fall.
Trinkle was charged with felony operating a methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, felony escape, felony and misdemeanor drug offenses, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor terroristic threats, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and summary harassment.
Trinkle was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford, who set bail at $100,000. Trinkle failed to post bail and was taken to the Carbon County Correctional Facility.
The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team also responded to the call and dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory, state police said.