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Police: Meth lab found after man blames wrecked van on wife

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Aaron Clouse (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center) Aaron Clouse (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center)
HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Honea Path police said a man is accused of having a mobile methamphetamine lab after officers found the illegal drugs following a traffic accident Wednesday night.

Police said they were called to West Hampton and Pruitt streets about 10:20 p.m. after the man's minivan ran off the road and got stuck in a ditch.

According to the police report, officers spoke with a man at the scene who said his wife was driving and he told her to pull off the road for an ambulance coming by and she ran too far off, getting stuck in the drainage ditch.

The report said when officers spoke with the man, identified as 38-year-old Aaron Clouse, he told them his wife walked back home.

When police went to the couple's home, the report said she had been at the house with family for hours and had not been in the van with her husband.

Police said they told Clouse he would be charged with giving false information to police and as they spoke with him further, they discovered two pill bottles that had meth inside.

A neighbor reported seeing Clouse throw something away from the car and as they searched, police said they found items used for the shake and bake method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hazmat crews and additional personnel were called to the scene to help investigate and clean it up.

Police arrested Clouse, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, not having a South Carolina driver's license and giving false information to police.

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