Officers with the Mt. Juliet Police Department found an active meth lab outside a McDonald's restaurant.
Authorities said they caught up with 41-year-old Patrick Decker and arrested him around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Police said he had an active one-pot or "shake-and-bake" meth lab going near the dumpster.
Officials were notified of the suspicious activity by employees at the restaurant.
The department’s clandestine lab technicians, along with Lebanon’s Emergency Services Unit, responded to safely dispose of the hazardous chemicals.
Decker has been charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. He was booked into the Wilson County Jail.