By Elizabeth Barmeier

Missourian Staff Writer

A St. Clair man who was the passenger of a mobile meth lab was arrested Wednesday in St. Clair.

St. Clair police located a meth lab in a vehicle that had stolen license plates.

Police still are searching for the driver of the car who escaped on foot, according to Chief Bill Hammack.

He said officers were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. to the 400 block of North Lay Street after reports of a light-colored vehicle traveling up and down the road, stopping in front of residences and honking.

Officers later located a light-colored older Chrysler model car at Casey’s General Store. When they attempted to stop the car, the driver sped away from police.

Officers pursued the vehicle along North Commercial, West Springfield and Peacock Road, ending at Elm Tree Court. Hammack said the vehicle crashed into a tree at a dead end on Elm Tree Court.

Both suspects then fled on foot. Police arrested the 39-year-old male passenger. The 35-year-old male driver escaped on foot.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a meth lab in the front passenger seat along with other drug paraphernalia.

On Friday, Hammack said the police department has an idea of who the missing suspect is, and that he will be arrested and charged by police soon.