Police Say Driver Passes Out, Meth Cooking In Back Seat

Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat.

An employee at the gas station in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, called police because the car was sitting at the pump for about an hour on New Year's Day.

Police say a chemical process to make the drug was in progress. Some meth-making ingredients can be explosive.

Murfreesboro Assistant Fire Chief Allen Swader told The Daily News Journal that gas pumps were shut off as a precaution.

Thirty-one-year-old Nathan E. Beasley is being held on a $15,000 bond on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment and manufacturing meth. No attorney was listed in police records.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Oh gee, I dunno.. maybe because there's no such thing as too busy to notice that kind of a potential risk when you are the one managing a high-risk location? An hour is ridiculous. You wouldn't be defending them if it was say a relative of yours that had a heart attack and passed out there.
  • by P on Jan 4, 2010 at 02:14 AM
    As Foxworthy calls it Rednecks trying to do chemistry will get ya in trouble
  • by citizen Location: greenville, nc on Jan 3, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    Why blame the gas station employee, it could of been busy.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 3, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    Ok.. what's wrong with the gas station employee that he waits a full hour before calling the police about this? Don't you think a car sitting at a pump with no one doing anything for even 15 minutes is suspicious? I'd say they're lucky there wasn't an explosion and serious injuries.

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