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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The discovery of a mobile meth lab in a vehicle forced the evacuation of a Clarksville apartment complex early this morning.
Clarksville Police were called to the Olde Towne Village Apartment Homes on Irving Drive about 3 a.m. Monday after residents there called to report a suspicious vehicle with a man sitting in it. When officers arrived, they approached the car and saw an active meth lab.
Investigators tell WDRB the man in the truck -- Donald McKim Jr. -- consented to a search of his motel room at America's Best Inn on Eastern Boulevard. Police briefly evacuated other motel guests, searched the room and found another active meth lab.
Police arrested McKim at the apartment complex. A woman in the motel room, Deborah Andres, was also arrested.
Many residents of the apartment complex were awakened by the officers knocking on their doors, and some were asked to evacuate because of the possibility that the meth lab found in the pickup truck could explode.
Bob Lega said officers gave him a choice.
"He said that I was at the extreme end of the blast zone, which was comforting, I guess," Lega said. "He said that I could leave or just say in the back side of the apartment because of the danger of exploding glass."
Officers say McKim was released from the Floyd County Jail on other meth charges on Aug. 2.