A 19-year-old rural Edgar Springs man led police on a high-speed pursuit directly to his home where officers discovered a meth lab in an open garage.


A 19-year-old rural Edgar Springs man led police on a high-speed pursuit directly to his home where officers discovered a meth lab in an open garage.

 

Lance Cook, arrested Thursday afternoon and booked into the Phelps County Jail, faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and a multitude of traffic violations, including resisting arrest; driving while his license was revoked; speeding, with speeds reaching more than 100 mph in a 65 mph zone; careless and imprudent driving; passing vehicles on the right side of the road; passing vehicles while interfering with approaching traffic; failing to signal and failing to stop at stop signs.

 

According to a report from Edgar Springs Police Chief Kody Lucas, the high-speed chase began when Edgar Springs Police Sgt. Paul Lambert noticed Cook crossing the parking lot of the 63 Fuel Stop in Edgar Springs. Lucas and Lambert also are full-time law enforcement supervisors with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Lambert immediately recognized Cook, who had a capias warrant issued for his arrest on an outstanding charge of distributing a controlled substance. Lambert turned on his lights in an attempt to stop Cook, who sped away and tried to evade the police, the report stated.

 

The pursuit reportedly lasted for approximately 10 minutes on U.S. Route 63 and several paved and gravel county roads in and around Edgar Springs, with speeds reaching upwards of 110 mph at various times.

 

The chase ended when Cook pulled up to his residence, jumped out of his car and ran into his home on County Road 6050.

 

Lambert immediately called for backup and waited a short time before deputies from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and agents of the South Central Missouri Drug Task Force arrived on the scene.

 

According to Lucas, after the additional officers arrived, they noticed a meth lab in an open two-car garage. For health and safety reasons, primarily because of the known volatility of meth labs, Lucas explained, the officers applied for a search warrant for the house and garage.

 

Cook, subsequently, was apprehended and arrested without further incident on the pending capias warrant and the new charges stemming from the pursuit and the discovery of the meth lab.