MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - A Martin, Tenn. man was arrested Tuesday, August 27 after deputies say he led them on a chase and threw a meth lab out of his car window.
Wesley Hatchel, 35, was already out of jail on a $25,000 bond after being arrested earlier this month for theft over $10,000. He was taken to a volunteer community hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Weakley County Jail. Deputies say that bond will be revoked and charges from the chase including evading arrest, aggravating assault and manufacture of methamphetamine will be presented to the September term of the grand jury.
According to the Weakley County Sheriff's Department, a deputy saw a truck parked on the side of the road on Hwy. 45 north of Sharon on Tuesday. The deputy stopped to check on the vehicle and found the driver, Hatchel, had an active meth lab in there.
The deputy talked to Hatchel for a minute and tried to get him out of the truck. The deputy said Hatchel reached under the center console where a tire iron was located and when he tried to pull it out, the deputy fired a round into the truck.
Hatchel then drove off and the deputy said a second round gave the truck a flat tire on the passenger rear side. He said Hatchel drove around 45 to 55 miles per hour for 30 minutes while throwing meth lab items out of the truck.
The chase went through Sharon, Tenn. and Dresden, Tenn. In Dresden, the sheriff's department said a Dresden police officer shot a round through the truck's radiator. The chase then went to Greenfield, where Hatchel rammed a Greenfield police car before turning into a residential driveway. There, he was surrounded by officers and arrested.
According to the sheriff's department, a bag of meth was found beside the truck and officers spent several hours driving back roads picking up items that had been thrown from the truck.