Police chase ends with meth bust in Rolla

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ROLLA, Mo. (KTVI) – A police chase Thursday ended with two men being arrested when a meth lab was found in the back of the car they were driving.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., the Rolla Police Department received a call of a vehicle that had just been stolen from the parking lot of a MotoMart Store.

Approximately 10 minutes later, the vehicle was spotted by a police officer. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it began traveling east on Highway 72. Officers pursued the vehicle. The pursuit continued east on Highway 72 until the vehicle pulled to a stop and two individuals exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Both individuals were apprehended a short time later. The suspects were identified as Daniel L. Benton, 36, of Union, Mo., and Mitchel L. Peck, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.

During the course of the follow-up investigation, it was determined that the suspects had an active meth laboratory in the back of the vehicle, and they had been producing methamphetamine inside a local motel over a period of the last three days.

As a result of the investigation, Benton and Peck were arrested for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Felony Resisting Arrest and Drug Trafficking in the 1st Degree. Both were incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail pending the issuance of warrants.



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