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Pursuit nets traveling meth lab

Ashley Hunter

Greene Publishing, Inc.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, around 9:38 p.m., Madison County Sheriff K9 Deputy Jared Dewey observed a vehicle traveling down NE Cherry Lake Circle and not maintaining a single lane of travel.

The vehicle, which was driven by Jason Wyno, age 40, of Pinetta, turned on to NE Oleander Drive without using a turn signal, and Deputy Dewey noticed that the vehicle had a loose tag light that caused the tag to not be illuminated.

At this point, Dewey activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, but Wyno turned into a driveway off of Oleander Drive, and began to accelerate rapidly. According to an arrest narrative provided by the Madison County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), K9 Deputy Dewey interpreted Wyno's driving behavior as an attempt to flee, so he turned on his emergency sirens and notified the Communications Office of his pursuit of Wyno, who was leading Deputy Dewey through a wooded lot.

For an unprovided amount of time, Wyno continued to actively flee through the wooded field, while Deputy Dewey remained in pursuit. According to Dewey's report, Wyno's tires frequently lost traction during the pursuit, causing him to spin out on numerous occasions until he finally brought his vehicle to a rest in the wood line. When Dewey reached the vehicle that Wyno had been driving, the driver's door was open and Wyno had fled on foot.

At this point, K9 Deputy Dewey deployed K9 Max, and drew his handgun before he heard Wyno yelling from the treeline south of the vehicle that he was coming out and that he was surrendering.

Deputy Dewey gave several verbal commands for Wyno to exit the woods and lay on the ground or K9 Max would be released, which caused Wyno to comply and he remained on the ground until backup units arrived on the scene.

Corporal Jeff Rosenberg, of the MCSO, placed Wyno in handcuffs while Dewey inquired if anyone else had been in the vehicle with Wyno, who claimed that there had been a passenger, a man he called “Clip Clop” with him, but that “Clip Clop” had also fled.  Wyno attested that he did not know the man's legal name.  However, there was no evidence that there had ever been another individual on scene.

Wyno also continued to state that he had fled because he was on probation and became scared when he saw the emergency lights being activated.

However, when Deputy Dewey searched the interior of Wyno's truck, four Energizer lithium batteries, a plastic container containing what appeared to be lye, a bottle of butane, a bottle of Zippo lighter fluid, a piece of tin foil, two sets of plastic tubing, a prescription bottle with 800 mg of Ibuprofen, and a clear plastic baggie that contained off white/cream colored powder was discovered.

The powder inside the clear baggie was field tested and the results showed that the contents were methamphetamine; in total, with packaging, the bag and the meth inside weighed 0.8 grams.  The tin foil that had also been found inside the truck had burn marks that are consistent with heating methamphetamine before ingesting or injecting it.

After assistance from Sgt. Jarrod Lauth, a bag containing two plastic bottles, expended ice packs and lithium strips were located in the truck bed.

The lithium strips matched the batteries Dewey had found within the cab of the truck, and the bottles has residue that was consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Still, Wyno insisted that he had fled because he was on probation and was scared.

During the pursuit of Wyno, Deputy Dewey's patrol vehicle had became damaged to the point that it was no longer driveable. The right front rim was bent and the right tie rod appeared to be severely bent, causing one of the vehicle's tire to tilt inward and not roll straight. A tow truck had to be called to recover Dewey's vehicle and the amount of damage amounted to $1,000.

Because of the damages, Wyno had the charge of criminal mischief amounting to $1,000 or greater added to his other charges of manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemical to manufacture controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment used to transport drugs, possession of methamphetamine, fleeing/eluding law enforcement officer and possession of certain drugs without prescription.

Wyno was booked into the Madison County Jail at 11:17 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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