Two Kosciusko County men were arrested this weekend after a meth lab exploded in a vehicle just north of Whitko Middle School, and three more people were charged in connection with the case.
The Kosciusko County Drug Task Force reported that Whitley County sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 2:10 p.m. Friday to Indiana 5 near Old Trail Road outside Larwill about a vehicle on fire.
Two men fled before the officers arrived, and the deputies determined a portable meth lab exploded inside the vehicle while it was moving, the men ripped off clothing that was on fire and discarded it into a field that eventually also caught fire.
The first suspect, later identified as Jason Foster Sizemore, 24, of Warsaw, was picked up and taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment. But police said he fled from the emergency room as officers were summoned.
Sizemore was eventually located and taken into custody by Kosciusko County sheriff's deputies at his mother's home near Leesburg, the task force said in a statement.
He was taken to the Whitley County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bond on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of precursors and visiting a common nuisance.
Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers received a tip Sunday evening about a possible meth lab at a home in the 400 block of North Parker Street in Warsaw.
Officers from the task force and Warsaw Police Department reported finding four people, one-pot method methamphetamine labs and finished meth.
The task force said a second suspect in the vehicle fire, Trever R. Hanlon, 36, of Claypool, was arrested. His wife, Marisa Yvonne Hanlon, 39, James Douglas Cable, 40, of North Webster, and Gary William Golday, 44, of Warsaw, were preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Golday was also charged with maintaining a common nuisance.
The Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office had not set bond for the four as of this morning, the task force said.