A man wanted for violation of parole bolted from lawmen near downtown McMinnville on Tuesday, leaving behind a meth lab at his mother’s house.
The suspect, James Timothy Fleenor, 44, did not get far as he was pursued and tased by deputies following a short foot pursuit. The chase began from a home near the intersection of Colville and High streets behind the Black House.
“The deputies were there to serve a violation of parole warrant,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny of what trigged Tuesday’s excitement in the normally quiet neighborhood. “Mr. Fleenor has a rather extensive prior record which includes past violations of probation and drug possession.”
The suspect ran out the back door of his mother’s house when officers arrived to take him into custody.
Permission was granted to search the home. Numerous items used in the production of methamphetamine were found during the search. Fleenor had prior arrests for meth and had violated his probation in 2010 for possession of the narcotic. He was on probation at that time for possession of drugs.
He now stands charged with initiating the process to manufacture meth, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.