State Police: Meth-making items found in crashed car in Newport News


by 13News

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 2:28 AM

NEWPORT NEWS-Two people are hospitalized after a pursuit on I-64 in James City County that ended in a crash in Newport News.

Va. State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya says meth-making items were found in the pickup truck driven by Ray Todd Lacks.

A trooper spotted Ray Todd Lacks, who was wanted in several localities and considered armed and dangerous, driving a black pickup truck near mile marker 231 just after noon Monday, she said.

A trooper tried to stop him as he got off the highway, but Lacks sped up and crashed into a Mercedez Benz and the trooper's car at the intersection of Jefferson Ave and Fort Eustis Blvd., said Sgt. Anaya.

Authorities say they found smoking devices that contained marijuana and methamphetamine and active products used to manufacture methamphetamines. That forced the closure of Jefferson Avenue and Fort Eustis Boulevard for several hours so crews could decontaminate Lacks, his vehicle, and the hazardous materials found at the scene.

Lacks, who lives in Hayes, was taken to the hospital for treatment of head and hip injuries and then taken to jail; the driver of the Mercedes also was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Lacks was wanted by authorities in York County, James City County, Gloucester, Newport News and Hampton.

Hampton Police spokeswoman Cpl. Mary Shackelford told that Lacks was wanted for Grand Larceny, Felony Evade & Elude and habitual offender.  She said Lack had stolen air conditioning unit on the morning on August 18.

In Newport News, Lacks was wanted for reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in a public place, destruction of property and threats over the phone.

Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson told the charges stem from July 21, when Lacks allegedly fired a gun at a tire in a trailer park and then made a threatening phone call to a 38-year-old woman inside that trailer.