Meth Suspect Neck-Deep in Manure, Still Can't Hide From Cops

Thomas Hovis Jr.
Thomas Hovis Jr. (The Noble County Sheriff's Department)

ALBION, Ind. (CBS/AP) Nothing could keep Thomas Hovis Jr. from getting caught by police -- not even hiding neck-deep in manure.

Police say officers were searching for the 52-year-old because he was wanted on methamphetamine charges. Just when they thought they'd lost him, an officer found him hiding neck-deep in a liquid manure pit at a northeastern Indiana farm.

A Noble County sheriff's deputy spotted Hovis in the tank beneath an outbuilding floor, on a farm near Albion.

Chief Deputy Doug Harp says Hovis had been neck-deep in the combination of hog and dog feces for at least an hour Tuesday evening. Police say he later became combative (understandable perhaps), and had to be shocked twice with a stun gun.

Hovis was treated at a hospital for hypothermia before being taken to jail.

A Steuben County magistrate on Wednesday ordered him held without bail because he had missed court hearings in February and March.