LAMAR COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are investigating what they are calling a rolling meth lab that crashed in Lamar County and caused a 7-mile traffic backup.
Lanes of Interstate 75 north were shut down for hours Thursday as GBI officials and local authorities investigated the car.
The GBI said a car crashed on the interstate near Highway 36 around 7:15 a.m. When officers investigated, they found the suspected meth lab.
Crews in specialized hazmat suits went through the car and collected evidence to be taken to a lab.
Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes learned at the scene that the driver, Dustin McMillan, told police he fell asleep and then crashed into a guardrail.
McMillan and his passenger, Jeremy Fulgham, were treated by paramedics and later arrested.
Investigators say both McMillan and Fulgham have a criminal history including possession of meth. Police also found other types of narcotics in McMillan’s car. They’re waiting on test results to find out more about the drugs.
The backup created a nightmare for drivers who had no idea what was going on.
“Nobody has told me nothing. Just sitting in the car, why they won’t let us go through? I have no clue. I figured that was a bomb truck. They got hazmat suits on, so who knows?” one frustrated driver told Fernandes.
McMillan and Fulgham are charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamines. Police expect more charges to come.