Deputies rescue wanted man from pond, find meth lab components

| January 13, 2016

Eddie-Howaker

BERRIEN Co. – Deputies rescued a wanted man from a pond Tuesday morning after he fled during an attempted traffic stop.

At approximately 9:05 a.m., deputies with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle driving recklessly near the Tift and Berrien County lines. The driver of the vehicle almost caused and accident and reportedly tried to strike a deputy’s vehicle, reports stated.

The man then drive into a field, left the vehicle on foot and ultimately had to be rescued from a pond. The man reportedly could not swim.

Deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly found components for a meth lab.

Eddie Dean Howaker, 23, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving while license withdrawn, failure to obey stop sign, weaving over roadway and obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, reports The Tifton Gazette.

Honaker is wanted in three other counties and is currently being held in the Berrien County Jail.

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