Five people were arrested in Whitley and Kosciusko Counties over the weekend on meth charges.
Around 2 p.m. Friday, Whitley County police were called to a report of a vehicle on fire in the area of State Road 5 near Old Trail Road outside of Larwill.
Two men fled that area, which is just north of Whitko Middle School. Police say a portable meth lab in the vehicle had exploded as the men were driving.
The men tore off some of their clothing that was on fire and threw it into a field, causing the field to ignite as well.
One of the men, 24-year-old Jason Sizemore of Warsaw, was found and taken to a hospital for treatment. Officers say he fled the emergency room. He was located again at his mother's home on Runkle Drive, near Leesburg.
He was then taken to the Whitley County Jail. He's being held on a $50,000 bond. He's charged with dealing methamphetamine, possessing precursors, and visiting a common nuisance.
Kosciusko County police were called to a possible meth lab Sunday night at 411 North Parker Street in Warsaw. They found four people with a one-pot meth lab and finished meth.
At the residence, they also found the other man who allegedly fled the burning vehicle in Whitley County, 36-year-old Trever Hanlon of Claypool.
Also arrested at the home were Hanlon’s wife, 39-year-old Marisa Hanlon of Claypool, 40-year-old James Cable of North Webster, and 44-year-old Gary Golday of Warsaw. All four have been preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth. Golday is also being charged with maintaining a common nuisance.
Bond has not yet been set.