A traffic stop on New Year's Day resulted in the arrest of two men after Cuyahoga Falls police discovered what they described as "an active meth lab" in the rear of a Ford Explorer.
In a posting on its Facebook page, the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department says a K-9 officer made a traffic stop at 21st Street and Byrd Avenue at 9:18 p.m. Jan. 1. Acting Police Chief Jack Davis said the officer saw the car in a parking lot and considered it suspicious. The officer ran the vehicle's license plate number, Davis said, and learned the car's owner, George D. Beech, 43 of Kent, had a suspended license.
When the officer approached the car, police say, the passenger in the front seat fled on foot. The police officer gave chase, the posting says, and, in the process, slipped on some ice and cut his eye.
Returning without the passenger to the Ford Explorer, the officer detained the driver, Beech, for driving while under suspension, according to Davis.
After fellow officers arrived on scene, the K-9 officer resumed his search for the other suspect. This time, Davis said, the officer utilized his dog, which tracked the second suspect to the backyard of a home on 23rd Street. The suspect was taken into custody after being bitten by the dog, Davis said, because he did not heed the canine officer's instructions; he was taken to Summa Western Reserve Hospital for treatment.
Pseudoephedrine products were found in the vehicle, the Facebook entry adds.
The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Summit County Drug Task Force dismantled the lab. Cuyahoga Falls EMS treated the police officer on scene; he was later examined at Summa Western Reserve Hospital for minor injuries related to the fall.
Mark D. Teets, 28, of Tallmadge, the passenger, has been charged with: Illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor; and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Beech has been charged with driving under suspension and improper change of course, both misdemeanors.
Teets was transported to the Summit County Jail, while Beech was released.