Driver charged after mobile meth lab found on I-40

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A man has been taken into custody after Greensboro police found a mobile meth lab on I-40 East, prompting lane closures Monday morning. 

Lt. Jill Gladieux told FOX8's Sheeka Strickland that the lane closures began after an off-duty police officer stopped a Ford F-150 pickup truck for driving erratically on I-40 East around 6:15 a.m. The driver was pulled over for a lane violation, Gladieux said. 

The lone driver, identified as Tracy Scott Gaylor, 43, of Heiskell, Tenn., acted nervous and was "sweating profusely" when the officer approached him, Gladieux said.

The officer was walking Gaylor over to his patrol car to speak with him further when the suspect tried to run away, Gladieux said. 

Gaylor ran for about 200 yards before the officer shocked the suspect with a Taser and took him into custody, Gladieux said. 

The truck was later found to be stolen, Gladieux said.  It was not clear where the truck was stolen from, but it had Kentucky registration plates. 

In the bed of the truck, officers found a metal case with a duffel bag inside.  Inside the duffel bag were chemicals considered "precursors used to make methamphetamine," Gladieux said. 

Methamphetamine was also found on Gaylor's person, Gladieux said. 

Gaylor has been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute, maintaining a vehicle for keeping a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen automobile, resisting an officer, and failure to maintain proper lane of travel. 

A mugshot was not immediately available. 

The right two lanes of I-40 East between West Wendover Avenue and Patterson Street were closed until shortly before 1 p.m.  Hazardous materials crews and SBI agents were among those called to assist.  Agents in hazmat suits were seen carrying the duffel bag away from the scene. 

Police said there was never any threat to drivers. 

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