The Washington Times-Herald

September 15, 2010

Hagemeier charged with making meth

By Nate Smith
Washington Times-Herald

WASHINGTON — Court documents were filed Tuesday in the case against former Washington police officer Harley Hagemeier. He was formally charged with making methamphetamine.

Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies found methamphetamine precursors at Hagemeier’s home and a trailer on State Street.

Hagemeier, 36, 1506 N. Sugarland Road, was arrested Monday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

According to a probable cause affidavit, deputies became aware of Hagemeier after his wife, the former Andrea Horrall, told them there might be trouble after she left him. At around 2 p.m., the department received a call that Hagemeier was causing trouble at New Hope Christian Church, 559E 100S.

Not in the affidavit was the incident at Griffith Elementary School in Washington where a reportedly irate Hagemeier went through an unauthorized door, causing a lockdown of the school.

At New Hope, deputies saw Hagemeier talking with individuals asking where his children were.

“At one point, in the presence of (deputies), (Hagemeier) became so irate that he slammed a chair to the ground, causing part of it to break,” the affidavit said.

Also, Hagemeier “aggressively approached” Joseph Coquillard, a church employee, demanding information on his children. He also broke a door mechanism leading into the church. It was then that officers arrested Hagemeier on the disorderly conduct and criminal mischief charges.

The affidavit said that after Hagemeier was taken to the Daviess County Security Center, deputies spoke with his wife and she informed them there might be drugs in their home. She asked that officers look at the home and signed a consent form for a search.

During the search, deputies found an HCL generator and a pitcher with white powder and a smell of ether. At that point, the state police Clandestine Lab Team was called.

While waiting for the team, a deputy and Detective Trent McWilliams of the Washington Police Department went to speak with the wife. She said Hagemeier’s problems with drugs have escalated since Memorial Day. She had found powder and a glass pipe in his clothing the week before. There were also descriptions of physical confrontations between the two, the report said.

Officers then discussed the matter with the wife and a family member. They learned Hagemeier has a trailer parked at 1418 State Street.

Detective Bill Dougherty of the sheriff’s department then spoke with Marty Austin, who had used the trailer in the past week to haul equipment for spraying insulation. Austin said there were materials, including small tubing and starting fluid, in the trailer. There was also a strong chemical smell, the report said.

Deputies had to obtain a search warrant for the trailer and a truck that Hagemeier owned. They found digital scales and a homemade filtering device in the trailer. Deputies also found batteries, cash and several prescription medications in Hagemeier’s truck.

Combined, the affidavit stated, they found most of the materials needed to manufacture meth.

Hagemeier remains at the Daviess County Security Center awaiting a court appearance.