Cracked windshield leads Cedar Rapids police to drunk driver, meth lab

Officers found pseudoephedrine in car, then smelled anhydrous ammonia

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Police said a cracked windshield led them to a drunk driver and an active methamphetamine lab.

Robert C. Embry, 27, address unknown, faces several charges following the traffic stop around 10:30 p.m. Thursday near the corner of F Avenue and Ellis Boulevard NW. Police said they stopped the car because it seemed like the cracked windshield would obscure Embry's vision.

According to a police report, officers found eight Hydrocodone pills and a package of 48 Pseudoephedrine tablets inside the car. As they were taking inventory of other items in the car, they smelled anhydrous ammonia and discovered methamphetamine inside a gas can on the floorboard of the front seat.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Embry's pupils were dilated and he appeared nervous when speaking to officers. He later failed a field sobriety test. She said officers suspected he was under the influence of illegal drugs.

Embry was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of precursors, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was previously convicted of OWI in 2009, and was awaiting sentencing after another OWI arrest last July, according to online court records.

Embry was taken to the Linn County Jail.

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