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Man arrested after vehicular chase

Published 3:59pm Monday, April 7, 2014

A Clanton man was arrested by Clanton police officers at about 10 a.m. April 4 on multiple charges after the man led officers on a vehicular chase.

Steven Jeremy Hicks, 37, was arrested for attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, manufacturing methamphetamine (felony), possession of precursor chemicals (felony) and paraphernalia (felony).

According to a Clanton Police Department press release, officer Justin Beane attempted to stop Hicks on Seventh Street near a John Deere dealership for a traffic infraction when Hicks took off, leading CPD officers on a chase that ended on County Road 24 near the intersection of County Road 9.

Hicks wrecked on County Road 24 and was taken into custody.

The subsequent investigation revealed two alleged meth labs inside the truck, and Hicks had numerous outstanding warrants through different agencies.

One of the meth labs was old and reactivated during the chase, the release said.

“Upon arrival, the lab in the toolbox had reactivated and pressurized and was about to explode,” Capt. David Clackley said.

The lab inside the truck was new and allegedly contained finished product.

“We drew the liquid out of the lab and will send it to forensics for testing,” Cpl. David Kline said. “Further charges could be pending based on the report from forensics.”

Hicks was taken to Shelby Baptist Medical Center by Clanton police, treated for minor injuries from the wreck and was released.

He is currently in the Chilton County Jail on a $53,000 bond.

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