Drugs, needles in cars lead to arrests
Sunday morning just after 6 a.m., a caller reported to Merrill police that suspicious vehicle had been sitting running, partially in the roadway for over an hour. An officer located the female driver and male passenger seemingly passed out at the location. A hypodermic needle was observed sitting on the back seat.
The two were awakened and exhibited clues of recent drug use. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating while intoxicated. When asked about the syringe, she admitted she used the needle to inject drugs. A search of her person revealed additional drug paraphernalia as well as a gem bag with methamphetamine in it. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous hypodermic needles (both used and new) and several additional items of drug paraphernalia. Schedule II narcotic prescription medication was also located.
The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sunday afternoon at 4:17 p.m., a caller reported to Merrill police that she observed a female in a vehicle parked at a local store injecting herself with something. The caller stated when she returned to her vehicle from shopping, the female was partially hanging out of the vehicle’s window and was “out of it.”
Officers noted the female driver and male passenger exhibited clues of recent drug use. A hypodermic needle with an unknown substance in it was observed lying inside the vehicle. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and failed. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated (3rd offense) and cited for operating while suspended (4th+ offense).
The male passenger turned over a knife he possessed when he was asked if he had anything on his person. The knife handle was found to unscrew with a compartment inside which contained methamphetamine.
The driver admitted she had injected herself with heroin and methamphetamine which the passenger had provided her. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping. An additional charge of possession of heroin is pending analysis.
The male passenger was found to have provided a false name to officers and had provided the name and birthdate of a family member. As such, he was charged with felony misrepresenting identity to avoid penalty. He was additionally charged with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of THC (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Once his true identity was learned, it was found he had a warrant for his arrest through Kronenwetter PD and multiple open bonds. He was additionally charged with 12 counts of bail jumping.
It was later reported by Wausau PD the vehicle the two were found in was reported stolen out of Wausau. Additional charges for the two of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent are pending through Wausau PD. The passenger also faces a charge of delivery of heroin pending analysis of the substance in the hypodermic needle.