A Centertown woman will serve 270 days in jail after components of a meth lab were found near young children after she ran from a deputy in a stolen pickup.
Sarah Lewis, 25, was given an eight-year sentence, but will only be required to serve 270 days in jail for theft of property over, $2,500 and initiating the process to manufacture meth. She must also pay a $2,000 fine.
Charges of evading arrest, aggravating child endangerment, and speeding were dismissed as a result of her plea.
Roger L. Womack was also charged along with Lewis.
He has opted to have his case settled by a jury trial, which has been set for Nov. 1.
The charges against the pair came in October 2017 after Lewis was clocked in a Chevy pickup going 89 mph in a 65 mph zone on Nashville Highway. Deputy Jared Jacobs said the vehicle turned onto Pigeon Hill Road and accelerated at a high speed.
“The vehicle passed a car on double-yellow lines near Unity Church,” Jacobs recalled, noting she turned into her driveway and ran inside.
When Jacobs went to her door, he was met with a strong chemical smell he believed to be evidence of a meth lab. He located Lewis and took her into custody.
Meanwhile, Womack refused the officer’s request to search the home, but was overruled when officers obtained a search warrant.
Officers discovered the pickup Lewis was driving was stolen from Marion County.
They also found several items used in the production of meth inside the stolen pickup.
Once inside the home, lawmen found more meth lab components.
“The items were found in common living areas that were shared with 3- and 5-year-old children living in the home,” the deputy said, noting Lewis and Womack both reside at the home with the children. “The residence was in poor living condition.”