Police: high-speed chase suspects had a half pound of ‘laced’ meth
POCATELLO — Bond has been set at $100,000 each for two Montana men who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase Monday morning while trafficking a half pound of methamphetamine.
Dillon J. Mehling, 28, and James Miller, 48, both of Billings, are being held at Bannock County Jail on felony charges of trafficking methamphetamine.
At 11:31 a.m. on Monday, a Pocatello Police officer witnessed a white Ford truck with Texas plates go speeding by him on northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near milepost 42, by Inkom, according to the affidavit of probable cause in the case. According to the officer’s report, he activated his lights and siren and accelerated to 92 mph but was still unable to keep pace with the suspects.
The officer reported that the driver, Mehling, continued fleeing at 100 mph and threw an object that appeared to be a cup out of a window 2 miles into the pursuit. The officer said he observed Miller sitting up in the passenger seat.
As he approached milepost 58, the officer said he saw an Idaho State Police trooper deploying a spike strip. According to ISP Capt. Eric Dayley, the officer injured his hand while deploying the spike strip and was treated and released from Portneuf Medical Center for a minor injury. Dayley drove to the scene upon hearing of the trooper’s injury over the radio and personally transported him to the hospital.
The stretch of I-15 was briefly closed due to the pursuit.
According to the pursuing officer, the suspects slowed to 80 mph after striking the spike strip but then sped back up to 100 mph. As they approached milepost 60, Mehling pulled over to the left side of the road, and the officer reportedly drew his weapon and ordered both men out of the truck.
The officer reported he found a glass pipe between the door and the seat. He also found a hypodermic syringe that tested positive at the scene for methamphetamine while searching Miller’s front pant’s pocket. In a shaving bag in the rear of the truck, police said they found a half pound of a crystalline substance. Mehling reportedly told the officer it was methamphetamine and that he shouldn’t touch it because it was “laced” with a toxic substance.
Sources have told the Journal the chase occurred after an attempted drug bust in the McCammon area involving several law enforcement agencies.
Trafficking methamphetamine carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Both suspects are scheduled for a March 26 preliminary hearing.