Two arrested for producing meth, a third at large
March 16, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2012 at 10:16 p.m.
A man believed to be involved with operating a meth lab remained at large while two others were arrested on Thursday.
Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies expected to locate a missing person when they approached a silver PT Cruiser at the dead end of Ruppley Lake Road about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Terry Simons.
Instead they smelled a strong odor of methamphetamine coming from the Cruiser and the area around it. Three men were sitting inside the vehicle, according to the arrest report.
As the deputies approached the vehicle, the men closed the doors and drove off the road into the brush.
"A pursuit ensued cross country. They drove through places a PT Cruiser cannot generally go - but it did," Simons said.
The men eventually abandoned the vehicle and the chase continued on foot.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested at 1:39 p.m. and the driver, Douglas Aaron Kalmus, 20, of Victoria, was arrested at 3:36 p.m., but deputies continue to search for the third man who got away.
While en route to jail, Kalmus said, "Did you know that you can get everything from Walmart to make meth," according to the arrest report. "Well, everything except sulfuric acid."
Kalmus remained in the Victoria County Jail. The boy, also of Victoria, was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Deputies later recovered the vehicle where the men had been manufacturing meth.
The vehicle and suspects were not involved in the missing person case, which initially drew the deputies to the vehicle in the first place.
They were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and evading arrest.
Kalmus was also charged with possession and transport of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.