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Authorities: ‘Rolling meth lab’ closes lane of I-16 in Laurens

What authorities call a “rolling methamphetamine lab” shut down one lane of Interstate 16 in Laurens County for more than six hours Wednesday.

Treutlen County Sheriff Thomas Corbin said two of his deputies clocked a 2010 Chevrolet HHR going westbound at 91 mph near mile marker 67 and began chasing the vehicle shortly after 8:45 a.m.

“They had to cross over the median and clear traffic,” Corbin said.

About seven miles into the pursuit the deputies stopped 31-year-old Kevin Parsley of Logan, W.Va., and noticed hypodermic needles in the crossover sport utility vehicle. After Parsley granted permission to search the vehicle, the deputies found components of a methamphetamine lab, Corbin said.

The officers called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and a decontamination crew arrived from north Georgia to clear the vehicle as the Georgia Department of Transportation closed one westbound lane near mile marker 60 to allow room for the hazardous materials unit and firefighters, he said.

Deputies charged Parsley with speeding and reckless driving, and revoked his suspended license, Corbin said. The East Central Drug Task Force will file drug charges, he said.

The highway lane reopened at about 3 p.m.

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