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. When the vehicle was stopped, police say, the passenger in the front seat fled on foot.
The police officer immediately gave chase, the posting says, and, in the process, slipped on some ice and cut his eye.
Returning to the Ford Explorer, the officer detained the driver, who was found to be driving while under suspension. Sudafed products were found in the vehicle, the Facebook entry adds.
After fellow officers arrived on scene, the K-9 officer tracked the other suspect to the backyard of a home on 23rd Street, police say. The suspect was taken into custody after being bitten by the police dog, according to the post; he was taken to Summa Western Reserve Hospital for treatment.
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, 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.
George D. Beech, 43 of Kent, 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.
See Sunday's Tallmadge Express for the complete story.