SPRINGVILLE - An attempt by police to stop a vehicle in Mt. Vernon Wednesday night turned into a high-speed chase that led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab, Thursday.
Brandy L. Russell, 31, of Columbus Junction has been charged with one count of driving while barred, attempt to elude and interference with officials acts, following a chase which police said reached speeds of up to 105 mph. The incident ended when Russell crashed just west of 510 1st Avenue in Springville.
According to a police report, officials responded to a report of a green vehicle that was "all over the road and traveling at 30-40 mph," heading east on Mount Vernon Road near Abbe Hills Road at 10:58 p.m. Thursday.
Mount Vernon police first encountered the vehicle at the intersection of First Street West and Mount Vernon Road and was almost hit by the vehicle around 11:02 p.m., police said. Officials attempted to stop the vehicle, when it turned into a parking lot, jumped the curb and drove through grass.
Russell began to accelerate to speeds of up to 70 mph, running a red light and numerous stop signs. Russell then began heading northbound on Springville Road passing several road closed signs in a construction zone. According to police, the vehicle reached speeds of up to 105 mph in the 55 mph speed zone at Springville Road and Abbe Hills Road and continued into Springville on Sixth Street when it crashed just west of 510 1st Avenue.
Russell atempted to flee the scene, but was located hiding in some weeds in front of the vehicle, police said. Officers then discovered possible meth making equipment inside the vehicle, a 1992 green Honda Accord registered to Catering Supply Company of Cedar Rapids.
Russell was taken to the Linn County Jail on a $14,000 bond. Haz-Mat crews in Springville cleaned up the scene.Russell was originally cited for three counts of speeding, three counts of failing to obey traffic control devices, left of center, eluding, driving while barred and failure to maintain control, according to officials.