Two Arkansas chemistry professors accused of making meth

Dr. Terry Bateman is seen in an undated photo provided by the Clark County Sherrifs Office. Officials say two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia. The Clark County sheriff’s office says 45-year-old Terry David Bateman and 40-year-old Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday, Nov. 15. 2019. (Clark County Sheriffs Office via AP)

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas college chemistry professors have been arrested on charges of making meth, in an apparent case of life imitating art.

The Clark County sheriff’s office said Henderson State University professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

It wasn’t clear if they remained in jail Sunday, and a jail official said he couldn’t give out that information.

Tina Hall, a spokeswoman for the Arkadelphia-based school, said Bateman and Rowland have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11. She said three days earlier, police investigated a report of a chemical odor in the campus science center. She said the building reopened Oct. 29 after a company filtered the air.

The arrests drew comparisons to the central character in the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” in which a high school chemistry teacher began making methamphetamine.

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