Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people fleeing a traffic stop and wrecking their car, which had an active methamphetamine lab inside it.
Terrance Darnell Goldwire, 27, and Tania Alice Thompson, 33, both were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth, obstruction and criminal trespass. The charges also included seven traffic offenses for Goldwire, the driver, and a seat belt violation for Thompson.
Effingham County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop a 1998 Ford Mustang for running a stop sign on Standard Lane in Springfield around 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 10, according to White. Goldwire instead accelerated the car, White said.
After a brief pursuit, Goldwire’s Mustang struck a parked car. The crash caused “severe damage to the parked vehicle and the mobile home next to where the vehicle was parked,” White said.
Goldwire and Thompson ran from their car, according to the ECSO. They came across an unlocked residence and hid inside until deputies placed them in custody.
Investigators from the ECSO Drug Suppression Unit were called to the scene after deputies found smoking containers and plastic tubing in the vehicle.
“The containers were found to contain a fully-functioning methamphetamine lab that had to be dismantled and removed by investigators trained in hazardous waste disposal,” White said.
Goldwire and Thompson are being held at the Effingham County Jail without bond. They both listed their addresses as homeless.
Thompson was convicted in Florida of manufacturing methamphetamine in 2011.