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Man Dies After Rolling Meth-Lab Pursuit & Crash

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A rolling meth-lab crashes during a police pursuit, leaving one man dead and another charged with his murder.

Police say it happened overnight in the East Bernstadt community of Laurel County, when a sheriff's deputy noticed a car speeding off. Police later found out that car contained a working meth-lab.

A Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy says while patrolling, he noticed a car speed out of an area known for drug activity. When he flashed his lights, the car kept on going.

Deputy Richard Sapcut says the chase along the sometimes curvy two-lane Highway 30 reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour. It came to a grinding halt when the driver, James Peters, 32, lost control and rammed his car right through a fence.

Deputy Sapcut says after the car stopped flipping, Peters immediately began throwing out bags of anhydrous ammonia, a major ingredient used to make meth.

"Throwing a couple of bags out, along with a long machete out the passenger window. I made contact with Mr. Peters and was able to subdue him after a short struggle," said Deputy Sapcut.

Police then noticed Mike Bailey, 37, in the backseat. They say Bailey was conscious, but seriously injured from a piece of the fence. They could also smell the meth operation.

"Possibly they were cooking, or something was cooking during the pursuit," added Sapcut.

Deputies say about an hour after accident, the passenger, Mike Bailey died at the hospital. They say since the driver, James Peters had drugs in his system they will pursue murder charges against him.

Peters faces numerous other charges, including DUI, resisting arrest, and fleeing and evading police.

He declined our request for an interview in jail. He remains in the Laurel County Jail and is expected to be arraigned Friday morning.


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