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IPD arrests meth lab suspect

An off-duty Ironton Police officer with a vigilant eye resulted in the arrest of a mobile meth lab suspect who had been on the run.

Officers with the Ironton Police Department arrested William Wilburn, 39, Thursday at a residence on Fourth Street and Monroe.

According to Captain Pam Wagner, off-duty officer John Hammonds spotted Wilburn going into the residence and called for backup.

“Hammonds and (officer Katie) Lawson went to the back door,” Wagner said. “Myself and (officer Adam) Koch went to the front door.”

Wagner said she and Koch were allowed into the residence by another person, at which time Wilburn tried to flee through the back door.

Hammonds and Lawson apprehended the man.

“He was cooperative when he was arrested,” Wagner said. “… It was a good bust for us.”

The IPD had been searching for Wilburn since Wednesday when he allegedly fled the scene of a traffic stop the IPD initiated on South Fifth Street.

Upon search of the vehicle, remnants of two mobile meth labs were allegedly found.

Wilburn is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of drug making instruments.