4 deputies treated after exposure to chemicals in Orlando

Deputies later released from Florida Hospital

Published On: Jul 19 2013 12:25:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 12:49:21 PM EDT
Jeremy Hughes
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A man was arrested in Orange County on suspicion of attacking a deputy, who was exposed to meth-making materials and chemicals, as were three other law enforcement officers.

Jeremy Hughes was arrested on a warrant out of Escambia County faces additional drug charges and battery on a law enforcement official.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped Hughes, who was on a bicycle, because he was acting suspiciously.

As deputies were conducting a search of Hughes' belongings, they recovered what appeared to be methamphetamine-manufacturing bottles, other items and chemicals, officials said.  Moments later, the deputies and Hughes became physically ill and began to exhibit symptoms of meth exposure, officials said.

The deputies' uniforms were removed to ensure the chemicals didn't spread, and firefighters decontaminated the law enforcement officers at the scene.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials said the deputies experienced nausea, vomiting and respiratory problems and were taken to Florida Hospital Orlando.  They were later released.

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