HOWELL COUNTY -- A Thayer man was served warrants Feb. 5 while in the Howell County Jail. He was in jail charged with a probation violation stemming from a manufacture of methamphetamine charge in November. Last week, Mark R. Gitzen, 39, was charged with resisting arrest, attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Gitzen was arrested Nov. 29 after he led Howell County officers on a high speed chase that ended in Douglas County. At the time of the chase, Gitzen was wanted for a probation violation from Oregon County stemming from a July 2003 methamphetamine conviction that netted him five years in state prison. He had been placed on parole in August 2005.
At the time of the chase in November, officers said Gitzen had a methamphetamine lab and the chemicals to cook methamphetamine in his vehicle. He was also charged with having the drug in his possession. The new charges against Gitzen are in connection with the November chase.
Gitzen was returned to prison this past December on another parole violation in connection with the chase and officers finding methamphetamine in his car.