EAST ALTON — Two people trying to set up a portable methamphetamine lab were arrested Wednesday after they threw an unidentified substance on officers, police said.
In a press release, East Alton police said two people previously associated with methamphetamine manufacturing were observed at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday walking into the woods with a backpack near the Wood River Creek bridge on Illinois 3. Officers observed them engaged in what appeared to be methamphetamine manufacturing. The officers made contact with the pair, who threw a substance on the officers and tried to flee. Police arrested the suspects after a brief foot pursuit.
Officers were released from the hospital after being treated for minor burns.
The case will be referred to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office for charges, police said.