WARSAW — Police investigating three unsupervised juveniles at Central Park located the accompanying adult and ended up arresting the Warsaw man on drug and neglect charges.
Jerald Jerome Womack, 56, 601 W. Prairie St., Warsaw, is charged with neglect of a dependent, a level 6 felony; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were called to Central Park in Warsaw on March 23 to investigate three unsupervised juveniles. When officers arrived, they found Womack at the scene, who told officers he had left the minors at the park while he went to the McDonald’s restaurant on Detroit Street.
One of the officers reported detecting the smell of an alcoholic beverage on Womack’s person, along with the smell of marijuana. Police say Womack agreed to a portable breath test, which resulted in a blood alcohol count of .053.
The report also stated that officers observed a cylinder-shaped container with a greenish-brown plant material inside Womack’s vehicle. Officers then used a K-9 officer to conduct an outer air search of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert for narcotics in the vehicle.
According to police, a partially burned marijuana cigarette was located in the vehicle’s ashtray and a plastic bag containing what later tested positive as marijuana was also discovered.
Womack is scheduled to appear in Kosciusko County Superior Court I on April 11 at 8:15 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.