Alleged meth lab found in car with three children

May 07, 2004

HARRODSBURG - Two Harrodsburg men are in jail for the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine in a vehicle in which three children were passengers.

Billy J. Lyons, 29, was a passenger in a car driven by Earl W. Baker, 36. Both list their address as 629 Mooreland Ave.

Police had outstanding warrants on Lyons, so when he was arrested late Saturday night, Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Paul Parks searched the 1989 Ford Escort. The deputy found chemicals and equipment used in the the manufacture of methamphetamine, and the manufacturing process was under way on the rear floor board of the car, court documents allege.

A 2-year old child was sitting on a seat under which was a jar with a cover and tubes in the cooking stage of making methamphetamine. Smoke was emanating from the jar. A 4-year-old and a 10-year-old also were in the car.


Both men were charged with first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of the children.

Following the arrests by Parks and Harrodsburg police Officer Jay Eldridge, Lyons allegedly attempted to destroy drug paraphernalia used to manufacture methamphetamine. Eldridge reported in a complaint that Lyons tried to destroy, hide and disguise hoses, pipes and clothes soaked in starter fluid inside Parks' police vehicle.

Lyons also escaped the officers' custody with handcuffs valued at $40. He fled through a field on New Dixville Road and was later apprehended.

In addition to the methamphetamine and wanton endangerment charges, Lyons was charged with felony escape, felony theft by unlawful taking, misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.

Lyons is being held on a cash bond of $110,900 and Baker's bond has been set at $40,000 cash.

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