A pursuit by Scioto County Sheriff's deputies ended in a crash Sunday morning.
When deputies apprehended Wesley M Zimmerman, 33, of Chillicothe, they located a loaded firearm and several items commonly found in clandestine methamphetamine labs, and reportedly discovered he is wanted in Pike County.
Sheriff Marty V. Donini said a deputy attempted to stop Zimmerman for a traffic violation on U.S. 52 west near the Ohio 73/104 exit, at about 3:12 a.m. But Zimmerman continued north on Ohio 73/104.
Donini said Zimmerman attempted to evade the deputy by turning onto Crystal Drive in McDermott, a dead-end street.
Zimmerman reportedly drove through a yard on Crystal Drive and crashed into a wooded area.
He then attempted to flee on foot from deputies, but was arrested shortly thereafter.
During the course of the investigation after Zimmerman's arrest, deputies learned he was wanted by the Pike County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant for receiving stolen property, and the vehicle he had crashed had been reported stolen from the Peebles area in November 2006.
Upon a search of Zimmerman and the vehicle, deputies reported finding the loaded firearm and items used to create meth, such as Sudafed tablets - which contain Pseudoephedrine - lithium batteries,
a container of canning salt and a Mason jar containing a white, murky substance, which yielded an ammonia-type odor. A narcotics detective was called to the scene to process and handle the methamphetamine-related items.
Zimmerman was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Cen-ter for medical attention and later transferred to Grant Medical Center, where he remained in good condition.
He will be charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer - a felony of the third degree, receiving stolen property - a fourth-degree felony, carrying a concealed weapon - a felony of the third degree, illegal manufacture of drugs - a second-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs - a third-degree felony.
Donini said the case against Zimmerman will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutors Office to be presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury for consideration of additional criminal charges.
The hazardous materials seiz-ed in the meth lab reportedly were turned over to a licensed hazardous material handler for proper disposal.
Donini said anyone with drug information may contact the sheriff's narcotics unit at (740) 351-1094. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.