Mmm, poor taste I know, but damn these people never learn. Justin Ping and Rodney Doan were arrested today for manufacturing, possession, and driving under the influence. Under the influence of what, you may ask? Justin was high on morphine, meth, and marajuana while driving his 2000 Dodge Ram.
So, not only was the driver under the influence of multiple drugs, but there was also a mobile meth lab in the back bed of the Ram. Consider the dangers of a meth lab in a stationary position, like a home or even a hotel. It was last year around this time that a meth lab exploded in a motel in Boonville. What could have happened had there been a fender bender?
My feedback, throw these jerks in prison. They need to be removed from society, for good. Whenver I read about local arrests like this I automatically think what would have happened had my wife and daughter been in an accident with the vehicle. Or how this type of criminal activity affects my families daily routine.
According to Evansville news sources, the arrest happened on CR 900 East, near Oakland City.
A new meth lab has been found in Evansville, this time in the basement of a home located at 1730 Division Street. As usual, the two involved have mug shots only a mother could love and even then, said mother might deny being related due to the charges.
Not only was John Michael Hall and Kara Gonterman endangering themselves, whomever they sold the meth to, and their neighbors, but also a child. Originally that's what the cops were called out for, checking on the welfare of a child, which lead to the discovery of two one-off meth making contraptions.
John Hall claims he was making it only for himself, claiming it was cheaper than buying it. Hell, how could you argue with logic like that? Furthermore, Mr. Hall was wanted in relation to a robbery all the way over in Wichita, Kansas, although the Courier Press did not mention how old that warrant was.
The comments on the Courier Press website are understandably intolerant of such behavior in our city. These comments also highlight the underlying issues with such a drug like meth, which kills parents and leaves kids as orphans. If ever an anti-drug campaign was needed in Evansville, now is the time to start promoting the dangers and hopefully curb the issue in the future.
Is it just me or did local news exaggerate the meth lab fire at Motel Manor in Boonville? All over the head lines was EXPLOSION, when really it was a small mishap that caused minmal fire damage. Just seems like poor reporting, when a more accurate headline would have read 'Meth Fire At Motel Manor'.
After seeing video of room 14 where the reported meth production was taken place I didn't notice any damage, besides some light fire damage. Not that this justifies what was going on, personally I'm glad the meth makers are accounted for.
In addition, I was not aware that meth makers made their product in hotel rooms. Is this common place? If it is, how much of a threat does this create for regular patrons of small motels/hotels? From what I understand Meth production has the ability to cause a real explosion capable of killing, injuring, or at least creating sizable structural damage to buildings.