Register Staff Report
Berea police charged 33-year-old Steven N. Forsythe on Jan. 1 with first-degree possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree fleeing or evading police after a brief chase on foot.
According to a BPD report, officers were dispatched to Bowman Road after a caller told police that two men dressed in camouflage, one armed with a shotgun, were walking through the area. The responding officers found one of the subjects in a nearby field and began searching for the other, Forsythe, in a wooded area.
When the officers found Forsythe and tried to make contact with him, he fled, the report stated. Officers gave him several commands to stop, but he refused and continued to run until being caught at a Short Line Pike residence, the report added.
The officers found a plastic bottle containing two small bags of suspected methamphetamine. In the wooded area where Forsythe had been hiding, the officers also found a backpack containing a plastic bottle of Coleman fuel, coffee filters and other items commonly used to manufacture the drug, the report stated.
Forsythe was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where he remained Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.