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Suspect up to his neck in trouble - and manure

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 10:29 am

A man wanted on numerous drug charges out of Steuben County was found by Noble County warrants officers neck-deep in a liquid manure pit on Tuesday in Albion.

As police who were attempting to serve Thomas Hovis Jr. with an arrest warrant arrived at a home on U.S. 6, Hovis reportedly ran from the home to a nearby outbuilding, the sheriff's department said. Officers immediately surrounded the building and ordered Hovis out.

After he did not emerge, officers fired tear gas into the building, but that did not sway Hovis to leave the building.

When officers entered the building, they found Hovis standing up to his neck in a manure pit under the floor. After officers removed Hovis from the pit, he reportedly began fighting with officers, and was Tased, police said.

Hovis was treated at the scene for hypothermia, and taken to Parkview Noble Hospital for a checkup before being taken to the Steuben County Jail on 12 preliminary charges – including six felonies.

Police found three one-pot meth labs inside the home, one of which was active, as well as 18 marijuana plants, 2 grams of methamphetamine, three handguns and an assault rifle.