Posted: Oct 18, 2013 10:38 AM by Ken Spencer - MTN News
Updated: Oct 18, 2013 10:42 AM
The man and woman arrested yesterday after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash will be in court this morning. The pair are facing a number of felonies after law enforcement officials found a functioning meth lab in the stolen car they crashed on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Kenneth William Charles Abegg, 40, is charged with theft, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory.
Deborah J. Hawes, 23, is charged with theft and operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory.
According to law enforcement, the pair were arrested at approximately 11 a.m. after crashing a stolen car. Abegg had been recognized in Home Depot from footage KBZK had broadcast on Tuesday and a witness called law enforcement. He is a suspect in an early residential burglary where credit cards were stolen, then used in Begrade gas stations. Surveillance cameras from the stores had captured his picture.
According to court documents, the pair fled from the Home Depot parking lot, with Hawes driving the stolen 1991 Acura TL. She struck two parked cars, driving at a high rate of speed through a red light at the intersection of 19th Ave. and Tschache. The vehicle crashed through a barricade and launched into an undeveloped field before getting stuck in mud.
Abegg and Hawes then fled on foot, trying to hid in bushes where law enforcement found them and placed them into custody.
A search of Abegg found a small Ziploc baggie with methamphetamine in his pocket. A warrant for the stolen car was executed, where officers found a "one pot" clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. A "one pot" meth lab consists of a small disposable container mixed with a variety of chemicals, solvents and over-the-counter medication to produce meth in small batches. Multiple empty blister packs of pseudoephedrine were also found in the car.
Abegg has been positively identified as one of the suspects in a residential robbery that occurred in the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 15.
In that incident, a credit card that was stolen in the burglary was later used in Belgrade at two gas stations by a man and woman who were photographed by surveillance cameras.
The pair, who are transients, are currently being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center with no bond.