A Winamac man who reportedly tried to flee from police Friday to avoid being arrested for making meth faces numerous drug charges after jail officers reportedly found more contraband in his pants. Officers from the Winamac Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office got a tip about drug activity and responded at 7:34 p.m. on Friday, May 9 to an apartment in the 400 block of West Main Street in Winamac. A deputy reportedly spotted David Wayne Gentry, 29, walking behind the apartment building and ordered him to stop. Gentry ran, according to the police report, and was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Both Gentry and his girlfriend, Shannon Lee Hardin, 30, were arrested after deputies reportedly found an active meth lab and other precursors inside the home.
Hardin’s three children, ages 11, 10 and 5 were outside the home when the officers arrived. She’s charged with neglect of dependents, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. A search of Gentry’s belongings at the jail reportedly turned up a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine in his front jeans pocket. He faces charges of manufacturing, possessing and dealing in methamphetamine and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.