Winamac Woman Arrested on Possession Charges

Michelle Hanson

A Winamac woman was arrested on Wednesday after police found her in possession of a controlled substance.

A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy found a vehicle parked at the intersection of Adams and Monticello Street but didn’t initially see anyone in the car. The officer approached the vehicle and saw a woman, Michelle Hanson, sitting in a reclined seat in the vehicle. The officer knocked on the window several times until she opened the door. The officer asked what she was doing there and she replied that she had a few drinks with her friend and they went shopping. She said her friend stopped at that location and dropped her off. When the officer spoke to Hanson, he could tell that she had been drinking.

She was taken into custody for Public Intoxication. The officer stated in the report that he looked inside the vehicle and saw, in plain sight, a prescription bottle with no label. It was filled with a controlled substance. He also located a syringe in her purse. Hanson told police that the syringe was in her purse because her friend that was with her was diabetic, but there was no other evidence to support that statement. The officer requested that additional charges of Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance and Possession of a Syringe be filed against her. The case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.