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Mobile meth lab found in backpack

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police officers responding to a burglary in progress were forced to call in hazmat crews after discovering the burglary suspect was carrying a meth lab in his backpack.  The chemicals and smoke in the mobile lab caused one of the responding officer to start coughing immediately.

Just after 9pm, Saturday evening, officer arrived at the 2700 block of N. Cook to find the suspect, 52 year-old Helmut Borchert, struggling with a neighbor who was trying to keep him there for police.  Officer McMurtrey quickly gained control of Borchert and placed him in handcuffs.  McMurtrey starting coughing and saw smoke coming from the suspect's backpack.  Borchert told police he had a meth lab in his backpack.

Hazmat crews came to the scene and disposed of the hazardous chemicals.

Borchert was booked into jail for Burglary in the second degree.  Charges related to the meth lab are pending.

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