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  • Greenwood man arrested after mobile meth lab found in car

  • A 33-year-old Greenwood man was arrested Aug. 15 after police found a mobile methamphetamine lab in his vehicle.
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  • A 33-year-old Greenwood man was arrested Aug. 15 after police found a mobile methamphetamine lab in his vehicle.
    According to the Delaware State Police, the incident began at 3:20 p.m. when David H. McCurley was spotted sitting in a 1997 Ford Escort at the intersection of Booth Branch Lane and Andrewville Road in Greenwood. Police said McCurley was not wearing a seatbelt and the driver’s door was ajar. Police said a traffic stop initiated and as a trooper approached the vehicle and began talking to McCurley, he did not acknowledge the trooper, but instead closed the door and put his seatbelt on. Police said the trooper reached through the open window of the vehicle and touched McCurley’s arm to get his attention, and McCurley suddenly accelerated, causing the vehicle to strike the trooper’s arm.
    Police said a pursuit ensued, concluding when McCurley drove off the road and disabled his vehicle in the yard of a residence on Nine Foot Road. Police said McCurley fled on foot into a cornfield. Police said the trooper pursued McCurley, who turned around and began swinging at the trooper. Police said the trooper deployed his Taser, which was ineffective in subduing McCurley. After a continued struggle, police said McCurley was taken into custody.
    Police said a search of McCurley’s vehicle resulted in the discovery and seizure of a mobile meth lab. The lab was not active when it was discovered, so it was safely disassembled by troopers.
    Police said the trooper struck by McCurley’s vehicle suffered an arm injury but did not require immediate medical treatment.
    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 violations. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,650 secured bail.
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