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Police and fire


Meth suspect passes out in running car near gas pump, police say

An Auburn-area woman was arrested early Friday after police report finding her inside a running car near a fuel pump at a gas station, apparently passed out.

Holly A. Slone, 23, had “numerous items associated with illegal drug use” in plain view in the vehicle on Wayne Street at 2:30 a.m., according to a written statement issued by the Auburn Police Department.

Police said a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs and that a search confirmed there was an active meth lab inside, as well as items commonly used to make meth.

The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team was called to process the active meth lab, assisted by the Auburn Fire Department.

Slone was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of paraphernalia and criminal recklessness.

“Meth labs are unpredictable and can explode very easily,” the police statement said, saying that this “could have been a disaster had the officers not observed the vehicle and stopped to check on the situation.”

Members of the public were urged to call police when they observe situations that appear suspicious or out of the ordinary.