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Meth fugitive arrested in Macomb

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A man who led Burlington, Iowa, police on a high-speed car chase and was the target of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking investigation was arrested Tuesday in Macomb.

In addition to the drug investigation, Larry Keith Knotts III, 34, of Burlington, was also wanted by police for pre-trial violations related to charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Knotts led police on a chase within Burlington city limits on March 13.

The fleeing vehicle was later located in the 1500 block of Gnahn Street in Burlington, near the known address of the suspect’s mother.

The Des Moines County Tactical Response team entered the home on a warrant but was unable to locate Knotts.

Authorities issued alerts that Knotts was known to be armed and dangerous.

Two days later, he was arrested in Macomb.

According to the Macomb Police Department, police attempted to pull Knotts over at 12:55 a.m. March 17 after he was observed violating several traffic laws.

Initially the vehicle refused to stop. But with the assistance of other units, police were eventually able to stop the vehicle in the parking lot of a Macomb business.

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Larry Keith Knotts III booking photo.

A large quantity of crystal methamphetamine was found in the vehicle, along with a substantial amount of cash and miscellaneous jewelry.

An infant was also in the vehicle and not properly secured in a safety seat.

Knotts is charged in McDonough County with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver; obstruction of justice; driving on a revoked or suspended license; endangering the life of a child; and traffic violations including disobeying a stop sign, improper lane usage, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

He is being held at the McDonough County jail on $100,000 bond.

Jane Carlson covers west central Illinois and southeast Iowa for Tri States Public Radio.