Man charged with meth making, possession

Joseph Comer

Strasburg police arrested and charged a man whom they believe was in the midst of making methamphetamine in his car when they stopped him early Wednesday morning in an isolated part of town.

The defendant, Joseph Dean Comer, 46, of West Virginia, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine precursors.

Chief Tim Sutherly said Comer is in custody at the Rappahanock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Sutherly had no information on Comer’s bond status.

Police detained Comer after stopping his car at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Colley Block Road.

A written statement from the police department reported that Comer “had precursors of methamphetamine in plain view and upon further investigation, officers discovered finished methamphetamine product and manufacturing material.”

Police said they were on routine patrol when they pulled up behind Comer’s 2001 Buick Century on the dead end road. Upon seeing the police, Comer tried to drive away but he soon ran out of roadway.

Comer was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure to check him for any signs of excessive exposure to meth. Sutherly said Comer was released from the hospital Thursday.

“He just completed his observation and was arrested upon his release,” Sutherly said of Comer.

The investigation is continuing.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com