An attempt to serve arrest warrants led to a methamphetamine lab and a high speed pursuit through two counties.
It all began at 8:26 p.m. last night when officers of the Warsaw Narcotics and Kosciusko County Drug Taskforce were at a mobile home park on County Road 100 South, south of Warsaw. While at the scene, police saw a vehicle approach, but then quickly leave when the vehicle’s occupants saw police.
As the vehicle was driving away, the occupants were throwing items associated with methamphetamine manufacturing out of the windows.
Police immediately followed and attempted to stop the green Pontiac, but the driver fled at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The 9-minute pursuit went down CR 100 South to SR 25 through Mentone and into Marshall County. The Pontiac then stopped near Apple Road and SR 25 and two male suspects surrendered to police and were taken into custody without further incident.
Warsaw Police arrested the driver, Chase J. Burnau, 19, of Akron, on class B felony charges of dealing/manufacturing methamphetamine, class D felony possession of meth precursors, and a class D felony fleeing law enforcement.
A passenger in the Pontiac, Michael N. Raider, 58, of Stanton, Ky., was charged with dealing/manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth precursors. Both suspects are being held at the Kosciusko County Jail without bond.
Warsaw Police were assisted by the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Mentone Police, Akron Police, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.