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Police: Del. Man Arrested After Pursuit, Meth Lab Found in Car

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GREENWOOD, Del.- A Greenwood man is behind bars after authorities say a police chase led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab in his car.

Delaware State Police said the incident occurred shortly after 3:20 p.m. Thursday, when 33-year-old David H. McCurley was spotted sitting in a 1997 Ford Escort at the intersection of Booth Branch Lane and Andrewville Road. McCurley was not wearing his seatbelt and the driver's door was ajar, police said.

The trooper and a probation and parole officer, who are both also members of the Kent County Governor's Task Force, initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. As the trooper approached the vehicle he began to talk to McCurley, but police said McCurley did not acknowledge the trooper and closed the door and put his seatbelt on. Police said when the trooper reached through the open window of the vehicle and touched McCurley's arm to get his attention, McCurley suddenly accelerated, causing the vehicle to strike the trooper's arm.

GTF members engaged in a pursuit of McCurley, which concluded when McCurley drove off of the road and disabled his vehicle in the yard of a home in the 6200 block of Nine Foot Road.

According to police, McCurley got out of the car and ran into a cornfield. As the trooper who initiated the traffic stop pursued McCurley on foot, police said McCurley turned around and began swinging at the trooper. The trooper deployed his Taser, which police said was ineffective in subduing McCurley. Investigators said that eventually, after a continued struggle, GTF members and officers from assisting agencies were able to take McCurley into custody.

Police said a search of McCurley's vehicle resulted in the discovery and seizure of a mobile meth lab. Troopers said the meth lab was not active when it was discovered, so it was able to be safely disassembled.

The trooper who was struck by McCurley's vehicle suffered an arm injury but did not require immediate medical treatment, police said.

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 ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,650 secured bail.

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