Police chase man through cornfield, arrest him for mobile meth lab

meth arrest
David McCurley, 33.
Credit: Delaware State Police

Members of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force on Thursday chased a man through a cornfield before arresting him for allegedly having a mobile meth lab in his car.

Police said David McCurley, 33, was around 3:20 p.m. spotted sitting in a 1997 Ford Escort at Booth Branch Lane and Andrewville Road in Greenwood, Del.

McCurley was not wearing a seatbelt and his driver’s side door was open, according to authorities.

Two members of the Task Force, along with a Delaware state trooper and a parole officer, initiated a traffic stop on the suspicious vehicle.

McCurley allegedly ignored the trooper who approached his car and instead closed the door and put his seatbelt on.

The trooper reached through the vehicle’s open window and touched McCurley’s arm to get his attention.

That’s when, according to investigators, McCurley “suddenly accelerated,” striking the trooper’s arm with his car and touching off a vehicle pursuit that only ended when McCurley drove off the road and crashed his car in the yard of a home on the 6200 block of Nine Foot Road.

McCurley then allegedly fled on foot into a cornfield with the trooper who initially stopped him close behind.

Police said McCurley turned around and began swinging at the trooper, who then Tasered the suspect to no avail.

After what investigators described as “a continued struggle,” members of the Task Force and officers from assisting agencies were able to arrest McCurley.

A search of the man’s vehicle allegedly turned up a mobile meth lab, which police said wasn’t active so troopers were able to safely disassemble it.

The trooper McCurley allegedly hit with his car suffered an arm injury but did not require immediate medical treatment.

McCurley was taken to Troop 3 and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, resisting arrest with force or violence, second-degree assasult, disregarding a police officer’s signal, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous traffic violations.

He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,650 secured bail.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to “Orphan Black” Season 2! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany, while avoiding the…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.