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Student cooked meth with EWU equipment, police say

An Eastern Washington University student is ending his college days with a trip to jail.

Police arrested Patrick M. Janicke, 22, for slashing tires and brewing methamphetamine with chemistry equipment stolen from a university science lab.

His problems flared Wednesday night when his roommate called police to report that Janicke was slashing tires.

When police attempted to question him, the college senior bolted. After a brief chase and scuffle, as a police press release put it, Janicke was put into a squad car in the Cheney Safeway parking lot.

Police went to his apartment and found what they described as a meth lab. The investigation is ongoing.

Janicke is being held on charges of second degree malicious mischief, manufacturing methamphetamine, and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.