Local man arrested after meth lab components found in vehicle

Ryan S Harden; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

A local man was arrested Tuesday night after officers reported finding components of a methamphetamine lab in his vehicle after he attempted to evade arrest.

Columbus Police say that at approximately 11:40 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle that was speeding down an alley near 11th Street and Washington Street. Police say the driver, Ryan S. Harden, 37, of Columbus, refused to pull over. The officer followed Harden’s vehicle until it came to a stop in the 600 block of Eighth Street. Harden was taken into custody at gunpoint and officers later reported finding several components of a meth lab inside his vehicle.

Harden was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48 hour hold on preliminary charges of:
Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle
Reckless Driving
Possession of Meth Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture