UPDATE: Motel Room Meth Lab Suspect, Now Charged In High Speed Chase

The Highway Patrol confirms a suspect busted for manufacturing methamphetamine at a Kill Devil Hills motel is back in jail after a high-speed chase along U.S. 64.

Troopers say the chase started Friday night when a pickup truck driven by Joseph Forbes Jr. turned around as it approached a checkpoint in Tyrrell County. Forbes had just gotten out of jail on the meth charge. Troopers say another suspect in the meth case, Beverly Howell, was a suspect in the case.

Deputies chased the truck into Washington County at speeds up to 95 miles an hour. Troopers say Forbes swerved at 2 deputies before running into a ditch. Neither of the troopers was injured.

Howell was injured and taken to Vidant Medical Center.

Forbes now faces multiple counts in connection with the chase.

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Three people were arrested last week for manufacturing methamphetamine inside a coastal motel room, according to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

The paper reports, 50-year-old Sammy Bowles Jr., 41-year-old Joseph Forbes and 43-year-old Beverly Howell were arrested for making meth in a motel room in Kill Devil Hills.

Officials did not release the name of the hotel where this was taking place, but that the crime scene did not require a hazardous-materials response.

The newspaper said the group was using a small scale method to make the meth.


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  • by alice Location: nags head, nc on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    Thank God, Beverly Came Out Of Her Coma ! PRAYING FOR YOU BEVERLY ! WE LOVE YOU
  • by patty Location: kill devil hills on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
    A week ago this was big news but now we have NO INFO on Ms.Howells condition. So is this still news or is her life worth NOTHING now that she is in the hospital?????I ain't seen a word about this trio! SOME OF US CARE!!!!!!!
  • by patty Location: kill devil hills nc on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    all that are speaking negitive about these people I hope no one near you ever has a drug problem I feel sorry for them BUT WAIT! things would be different then wouldn't they!!!!!
  • by country girl Location: enc on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Folk instead of being hippocrits, why don't you do the right thing and pray for the family. You forget Beverly was not driving the vehicle, and does nto deserve such harsh comments from folks who probly have skeletons in their closet as well. Grow up!
  • by prior experience Location: nc on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:26 PM
    Did anyone even look at their records before placing a merely 1k bond. I know for a fact Beverly spent many years in prison for ATTEMPTED MURDER! Maybe the judge thought it would be cheaper to let her kill herself but he put innocent people at risk. I hear shes in a coma, dont know if its true. Karma can be sweet & karma can be vengeful. Wonder which role Karma is playing in this instance?
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      by John on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:17 PM in reply to prior experience
      BINGO!! Beating someone up, tying them to the back of a car & dragging them through Nags Head Woods is NO joke.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to prior experience
      The meth queen only did 4 years for attempted murder. Human life is cheap.
  • by really? on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    After seeing this guy almost kill two LEOs , I do hope they get what they deserve. I have no sympathy for these three people at all. As far as the family , I feel bad for you but as someone who has gone through something similar with their own family member , it gets to a point that you cant do anything else and you just have to let their addiction run its course. You have your own kids to worry about , I understand shes your mom , but focus on your kids and keeping your relationship strong , addiction tears family apart.
  • by 8yrs Location: nc on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    As someone who has been to that place and made a remarkable comeback, I will offer my humble opinion at the risk of being verbally assaulted for it... These people are in the grip of a terrible disease that transcends all other responsibilities in their lives. It's not wishing ill will to anyone around them, it's the inability to concentrate or care about anything but the next high. I send my prayers to their families and hope that they are able, and at the point they are willing, to accept the treatment they need to become productive members of society again. Meth abuse is something that can take over one's life before they even realize it has happened. What they "deserve" is the opportunity to get help for their disease in a structured environment and lets all pray that they have the strength to make the change, for themselves and their families...
  • by me Location: nc on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:24 AM
    I don't think all of you posting about people "getting what they deserve" would be saying the same thing if it was your family. We aren't supposed to wish bad things on people, no matter what they've done in their lives. Everybody makes mistakes. Get over it and stop picking on people you don't know! How would you feel if you had, let's say, an alcoholic in your family and I said well I hope they get in a really bad car accident and get extremely hurt because they need to "get what they deserve"??? Doesn't feel so good when you're on the opposite end of that statement does it? Chill out people...the only thing we need to do now is pray for all that are involved. Nobody up here has any room whatsoever to judge these three people...everybody makes mistakes.
  • by formerOBXer Location: nc on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:54 AM
    Family members get angry at those that blame the ones who are caught. Normal. What is NOT normal, is the ones that get caught, going to a place where tourists go, and people live, and all have KIDS!!! IDIOTS!!! Go do you drug work in a secluded cabin/house, if you must engage in criminal activity, and leave the family communities out of your pathetic drug world! They DO deserve to "get what they deserve"! Just because they are your family, doesn't make them oblivious to the law if they are caught! GET REAL!
  • by gvegas GURL! Location: gville on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    What they did was terrible and I hope they pay for it. But I feel sorry for their families, having a family member fresh out of jail and detox myself, I know the embarrassment,anger, and confusion they feel right at this moment. Hope the family can hold it together maybe there can be some form of recovery for these people.
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      by Her Cousin on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to gvegas GURL!
      How would you feel if it happened to one of your family members? Would you still say that you hope they pay for it? I don't think so. These people don't deserve all of these horrific comments made about them when there are other people in this world around you that does the same mess.
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