Meth lab in trunk of vehicle that struck cruiser

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A driver who struck a St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department cruiser north of Sturgis and then took off had an active methamphetamine lab in his car, authorities say.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Saturday on Shimmel Road near Mintdale Road in Sherman Township, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities say a shift sergeant was headed south on Shimmel when Stephen Stockwell pulled his car into the sergeant’s right of way. Stockwell’s vehicle hit the side of the patrol vehicle on the passenger’s side.

Stockwell took off, authorities say, headed east on Mintdale. The sheriff’s department says Stockwell ran several stop signs and then crashed into a guard rail.

The 22-year-old from Sturgis was then arrested, at which point he admitted that he had a meth lab in the trunk of his car. When responding officers looked in the trunk, they found an active one-pot meth lab, four old one-pot meth labs and other meth-making components.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 269.467.9045 ext. 323.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Sturgis Police Department and Tri-Township Fire Department.

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