Arrest photo of Michael Fritzman, 43

Peru, IN – Michael Fritzman, 43, Homeless is facing a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine following his arrest in the 600 block of Oak Street, Peru on Friday, September 20, 2019.

At approximately 10:12 p.m., Peru units were called to a residence in the 600 block of Oak Street for a report of a vehicle on a homeowner’s property. Dispatch advised that the driver of the vehicle appeared to be asleep or unconscious.

PPD Officer Brok Westfall was first to arrive on the scene. Upon his arrival, he observed that the truck was still running and parked close to the homeowner’s shed.

Officer Westfall then attempted to contact the driver whom he identified as forty-three-year-old Michael Fritzman, who was asleep in the driver’s seat.

After banging on the window several times, Mr. Fritzman started to wake up. Fritzman did not have the truck in park and upon waking, it started to move forward towards the homeowner’s shed. Officer Westfall then yelled at Fritzman to put the vehicle into park.

After the vehicle came to a stop, Officer Westfall opened the driver’s side door and observed that Mr. Fritzman appeared to be sluggish and disoriented. When asked if he knew whose property he was on, Fritzman said he did not.

Officer Westfall asked Fritzman to exit the vehicle and he complied. He then asked if he could search his pockets and Fritzman advised that he could.

While search Fritzman’s right front pants pocket, Officer Westfall located a silver in color pill container that contained a plastic baggie. Inside the baggie was a crystal rock-like substance. Officer Westfall then had Officer Rushforth read Fritzman his Miranda warning.

The crystal rock-like substance was then field-tested and it tested positive for Methamphetamine. The substance weighed approximately .4 grams.

Fritzman was then placed in handcuffs and transported to the Miami County Jail. The truck was towed from the scene.

Michael Fritzman, 43 faces a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.