There are many variations on the theme, including “You’re in a shitload of trouble,” or “You’re in some deep shit.” That last one is particularly appropriate in the case of 52-year-old Thomas Hovis Jr. As reported by WANE:
A wanted man in Albion literally created a big stink to avoid being captured by police. He was found hiding neck-deep in a pit of liquid manure.
Police were seeking to arrest Hovis for multiple felony drug charges out of Steuben County, including manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. His previous offenses include multiple drug charges, aggravated battery, and even a murder conviction in Florida.
Quite a few strikes there.
“We had units that were observing the location,” explained Doug Harp, Chief Deputy for the Noble County Sheriff’s Department. “We decided based on the information that we had about his criminal background, the charges he was faced with, that we should use our tactical teams [and our clothes pins...].”
When officers arrived, they saw Hovis run into an outbuilding at the rear of the residence. Police attempted to coax Hovis out of the building, but he refused.
SWAT Team members eventually deployed tear gas to enter the building and locate Hovis hiding inside a manure pit.
And if you think he just gave up, nope.
Hovis was removed from the pit and continued to fight arrest. Officers had to tase him before taking him into custody.
A search of the home where Hovis was found also turned up three one pot meth labs, 18 marijuana plants and two grams of methamphetamine. Three guns were also seized, including an assault rifle.
Now that’s some serious …