Phillips said the man was spotted Friday night by deputies John McCrary and Jeremiah McCormick sitting in a sports utility vehicle alongside of Alabama 65 in Paint Rock Valley.
When the deputies proceeded to check on him, the man immediately pulled out and began driving erratically along the two-lane highway with smoke billowing from the vehicle, he said today.
Phililps said the deputies had gotten the driver to stop and were preparing to question him when he sped away with smoke still coming from the vehicle.
The man had only driven a short distance when he apparently lost control of the vehicle in a curve and wrecked. The driver was lying just outside the vehicle, Phillips said, when the deputies approached on foot and pulled him away from the burning vehicle.
The man was taken to Huntsville Hospital for what appeared to be minor injuries, he said.
After firefighters extinguished the flames, the deputies found a bottle and other equipment consistent with making meth on the front, passenger-side floorboard.
Because of the chemicals involved and the potential for an explosion, making meth is dangerous, especially when it's contained in a mobile unit, Phillip said.