Mar 31, 2016 8:20 PM

Police: Meth lab discovered in Claremont home after resident seeks emergency medical care

CLAREMONT - Reports of a chemical odor and an unknown medical emergency led police to an apparent methamphetamine laboratory on School Street.

First responders got a call around 11 a.m. for an unknown medical emergency, then a second call from a man requesting help, but the call dropped. When they responded to the scene, they learned the man in distress had tried to drive himself to the hospital.

Witnesses reported that they saw him driving erratically into the parking lot at a high rate of speed and nearly hitting a pedestrian. He then entered the Valley Regional Hospital and shortly thereafter tried to leave.

At this point, Claremont police intervened and arrested Bradley Ames, 54, of 27 School St., for driving under the influence.

Around the same time, the police had been contacted about a chemical odor at 27 School Street, an address they had reason to believe might be connected to a possible meth lab. Based on that information, they obtained a search warrant and went into the home that afternoon.

Based on evidence from the search, Ames was charged with conspiracy to commit the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine along with the DUI charge.

Police say additional arrests are expected. Ames is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

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