Roving meth lab discovered after police chase

Three robbery suspects were arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through five Bay Area cities.

February 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two people were arrested by Martinez police on Tuesday night after a police chase led to the discovery of what appeared to be a roving methamphetamine lab, police said.

Police tried to pull over a car for a traffic violation around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pacheco Boulevard and Arthur Road.

The driver refused to yield and officers gave chase, trailing the car until it stopped on the off-ramp from southbound Interstate Highway 680 to Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill, police said.

The driver, 47-year-old Christopher Bovee, of Martinez, appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was arrested, according to police.

Officers searched the car and found items used to make methamphetamine, prompting them to call a Contra Costa County hazardous materials team to collect the dangerous materials, police said.

Bovee was taken to county jail and booked on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, drug possession, being under the influence of drugs and evading police.

His passenger, 50-year-old Concord woman Tamra Phillips, was also arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.