A car was impounded Monday evening in Longport after drug-making equipment was found in the passenger's side of the vehicle, police said.

Lt. Frank Culmone said Tuesday the driver, 35-year-old Michael Halter, of Dennis Township, was initially arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

Halter has been released on a summons, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor'' Office is continuing the investigation into the items found in the car, Culmone said. Police did not have an update on any charges filed Tuesday evening.

The items included chemicals and residuals for methamphetamine (crystal meth) production, Culmone said. There were large chemical bottles and glassware as well as equipment with tubing coming out of paper bags in the passenger's side of the vehicle.

Authorities from several agencies investigated the car and took it to a temporary structure on Atlantic Avenue next to the fire station, Mayor Nick Russo said Monday night.

Staff writer Joel Landau contributed to this report.

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