Sonic manager accused of cooking meth in restaurant

Published: Dec. 10, 2009 at 6:01 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2009 at 3:55 AM CST
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Dennie L. Bratcher | Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department
Dennie L. Bratcher | Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department

By Christy Hendricks - email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Police arrested a Sonic shift manager after he was caught early Thursday morning with meth making products at a Cape Girardeau restaurant.

Dennie L. Bratcher, 27, of Cape Girardeau faces second degree burglary and attempted manufacture of methamphetamine charges.

An officer noticed Bratcher trying to enter a vehicle through the passenger side at the Sonic at 2126 Broadway at 1:57 a.m. Thursday.

Officers found a bottle containing Lythium, Coleman Fuel, two boxes of Sudafed 12hr, Ammonia Nitrate, and Lye in the Sonic restaurant, according to the probable cause statement.  Police also found a plastic bottle with a white powdery substance inside the bottle and pre cursors to meth like coffee filters, and a pill grinder.

Police found a ladder leading to the roof of the building.

According to Cape Girardeau officers, Bratcher told police he had planned to make the drug on the roof, but it was too cold so he headed for the kitchen.

"He'd definitely taken several steps to start the process. There were active chemicals . The pressure had to be released in one of the containers because it was building up. It was a situation that could have been much worse",  Sgt. Jason Selzer-Cape Girardeau Police.

Workers spent all day Thursday cleaning and throwing out pretty much everything in the restaurant.

The Cape Girardeau Public Health Center was called in to assist with the matter.

Environmental Public Health Specialist Amy Morris says they're treating this situation like a store wide contamination.

"They are getting rid of everything. We are talking everything from sugar packets, to hamburgers to straws, to the ice cream and soda in the machines", said Morris.

The Broadway Sonic could open as early as Friday morning, pending a through inspection by the health department.

Dennie Bratcher's bond is set at $30,000.

There was also a warrant out for his arrest from Ste. Genevieve for reportedly failing to appear in court because of a speeding violation.

Bratcher was convicted of felony burglary in New Madrid County in 2000.

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