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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Louisville Metro Police say the doctors and patients in the Southwest Hospital emergency room got a rude awakening to the dangers of drugs Tuesday night when a meth suspect allegedly came crashing through the ceiling.
Police say it started when officers were called to the hospital to interview 27-year-old Nicholas D. Fultz after he showed up at the emergency room with suspicious burns.
When police asked them where the injuries came from, he told them they were alcohol burns, according to an arrest report.
But a female witness at the hospital told a different story. She said Fultz was a known meth dealer. She also admitted that she picked Fultz up in her vehicle and -- while he was inside -- he pulled a bottle out of a paper bag and the bottle exploded, causing the burns.
When officers searched the vehicle, they found numerous ingredients of a meth lab, including drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine pills, ammonium nitrate and lists of clients to whom Fultz allegedly sold meth.
They allegedly found a "one-pot" meth lab in the car.
"This is very complex chemistry done by people who are not chemists. So there's always that level it could blow up no matter how big it is," says LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
Meanwhile, Fultz -- who had been in a hospital room while the investigation was taking place -- allegedly climbed into the ceiling and crawled over into the next room.
"Apparently he misjudged where he was and fell through the tile where he landed in the hallway outside the emergency room," says Mitchell.
The police report says Fultz caused "major damage."
"I would say it's unusual for anybody that's in the hospital to try and escape through the ceiling tiles," says Mitchell.
He was charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking in controlled substances, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and giving an officer a false name or address.
Fox41.com has obtained Fultz's criminal history in Jefferson County, which dates back to 2002 and includes multiple charges such as robbery, drug charges and assault.
A spokeswoman for Southwest Hospital told Fox41.com that the hospital has no comment at this time, and referred all questions to Louisville Metro Police -- but a Fox 41 viewer sent us this image of the damage to the ceiling: