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Police and fire


Meth lab hidden in fire extinguisher, police say


A police pursuit in Warsaw ended with one person in the hospital and meth-related items littering the course of the chase, Warsaw police said.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, police said, officers attempted to stop a green Honda near Winona Avenue and Indiana Street when all three passengers bailed out and the car took off.

According to a statement issued Thursday by police, undercover officers nabbed the passengers while the Honda went down McClellan Street and Country Club Road – the driver tossing evidence out the window – before stopping near Country Club Drive South.

Narcotics officers located the items, which included an active one-pot meth lab contained in a fire extinguisher, police said. More items were found inside the car, police said, including a generator and a spent meth lab.

The driver, Randy R. Woods, 33, of Silver Lake, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture meth, resisting/fleeing law enforcement and being a habitual traffic violator. He was being held on $5,000 bond.

The investigation led to an apartment in the 300 block of North Lake Street, where officers reported finding finished meth, another generator and other items used to make meth.

One of the passengers, Michael S. Harris, 49, of Warsaw, had an active warrant out of Kosciusko County on a forgery charge. He was booked into jail on the warrant and was also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of chemical reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture meth, police said. He was also being held on $5,000 bond.

Another passenger was admitted to an area hospital after taking unprescribed narcotics, police said. They said he will also face charges.

A 32-year-old Fort Wayne man was arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance. The Journal Gazette does not routinely publish the names of those arrested on misdemeanor charges.