DWARF—A routine traffic stop turned out to be more than just that last Sunday after two men were arrested for making meth in the back of their car.
At around 11:45 a.m., Officer Josh Huff of the Kentucky State Police pulled behind a white 2005 Dodge Neon that was exiting the Jamestown Village and, according to the arrest citation, noticed the driver, 45-year-old Yeart Pratt, Jr., did not have his seat belt on.
After pulling the vehicle over, Huff noticed what appeared to be a one-step meth lab in the back seat of the car, a Mountain Dew bottle with a green hose coming out of it, along with other meth making substances.
“There was lighter fluid, lithium batteries and coffee filters in plain view in the back floorboard behind the driver’s seat,” Huff wrote in the arrest citation.
Huff placed both Pratt and the passenger, 28-year-old Brian Fugate, into custody and executed a search of the vehicle. Officer Huff found other meth precursors in the course of his search and also discovered a Taurus .38 special in the floor next to the driver’s seat.
“Where the possible meth lab was, was a plastic bag containing an ice packet, sandwich bags, a small mason jar with a brown liquid substance, and another container of lighter fluid,” Huff went on to write.
Pratt failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently charged with failure to wear a seat belt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
Fugate was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
Pratt and Fugate are curretnly incarcerated at the Kentucky River Regional Jail, each on a $50,000 bond and home incarceration fees.
Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.