North Charleston police Tuesday arrested a woman accused of leaving a mobile meth lab behind in a hotel room after she attempted to skip out on a bill.
Jaketta Yalonia Simmons, 34, of Ladson Road, is charged with trespassing, giving false information to police and manufacturing methamphetamine, Charleston County jail records show.
Officers responded around noon Tuesday to Sleep Inn, 7435 Northside Drive, after the manager complained of two women leaving without paying, an incident report said. One of the women ran into the nearby Residence Inn and locked herself into a room that was in the process of being cleaned, witnesses told police.
Officers entered the room and took that woman into custody. Simmons lied about her name when questioned by police, the report said, but investigators managed to identify her through the Sleep Inn's guest registry.
An employee at the Residence Inn contacted police about six hours later after finding a purse left behind in the room where Simmons had locked herself in, the report said.
A bottle inside the bag contained a clear liquid and batteries, police said, and the liquid appeared to be bubbling.
Narcotics detectives were called to the scene and the bottle was secured, police said.
Simmons was held Wednesday at the jail in lieu of $25,940 in bail, according to jail records.
The woman who arrived at the Sleep Inn with Simmons has not been identified, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
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