Sheriff Dale Gribler announced Sunday afternoon that at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, a Van Buren County Sheriff's Office deputy was on patrol and attempted to stop Ann Parish, 41, of Decatur for a traffic violation just north of the village of Lawrence. As the deputy attempted to stop her, Parish began to flee in her vehicle at speeds exceeding 80 mph. The deputy then engaged Parish in a high-speed pursuit.
After the crash, Parish attempted to flee on foot. The deputy chased her on foot and was able to arrest Parish.
Deputies then located a meth lab inside the vehicle along with finished methamphetamine and other drug components.
Parish sustained minor injuries from the crash and was treated by EMS and Bronson Lakeview Hospital and then taken to the Van Buren County Jail. She was found to be wanted for a previous meth charge that the Sheriff's Office had worked only weeks before.
Parish is being held at the Van Buren County Jail on five felony and two misdemeanor charges, including fleeing and eluding police, resisting and opposing police, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and operating under the influence of drugs, among others. The case is being forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office for prosecution.
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit, the Lawrence quick response team and the Lawrence Fire Department assisted in the case.