Man Electrocuted Stealing Electricity to Power Meth Lab

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June 03, 2009 | David Wallace | Comments 0

In Branch, Arkansas, a man who police suspect may have been trying to steal electricity was electrocuted and fell 30 feet from a power pole. In addition, when police arrived to investigate the incident, they found a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Achterberg was electrocuted and fell to the ground. Roy Achterberg reportedly broke his back, neck, pelvis and his organs were hardened from the electricity, leaving him in critical condition. Achterberg placed a metal ladder on the pole and tried to siphon the electricity with jumper cables.

While deputies were investigating the theft of electricity, they found a meth lab in Achterberg’s home. The fifth judicial Drug Task Force cleaned up the chemcials.

Deputies said if Achterberg is released from the hospital he will be charged with theft of services and running a meth lab.

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