Merrill Police Department Calls for Service
At 2:45 p.m., an officer responded to a two vehicle crash. One of the drivers failed to yield the right of way and struck another vehicle. The driver was cited for failure to yield right of way, operating without insurance and operating without a valid driver’s license.
At 6:56 p.m., an officer responded to a gas skip complaint. A driver did not pay for $25.06 in fuel. The investigation is ongoing.
At 7:00 p.m., an officer responded to a gas skip complaint. A female driver did not pay for $5.00 worth of fuel. The investigation is ongoing.
At 11:42 a.m., an officer responded to a fraud complaint. The caller had been given a counterfeit $50 at their business. Contact was made with the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
At 3:28 p.m., officers investigated a two vehicle crash. The driver of one of the involved vehicles was found to have warrants for his arrest and was arrested. During the course of the crash investigation, a male passenger in the same vehicle as the arrested driver became disorderly and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
At 6:39 p.m., officers investigated a two vehicle crash. A female was cited for failure to yield right of way at an uncontrolled intersection and operating without insurance.
At 12:50 p.m., an officer responded to a theft complaint. A local business reported a theft of a cartful of merchandise. The female was identified and was arrested for retail theft and obstructing an officer.
At 1:59 p.m., officers were dispatch to a wanted person complaint. The caller advised a female with an active warrant for her arrest was currently at work. Contact was made with the female who was taken into custody for the warrant and was transported to the jail.
At 9:34 p.m., an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver attempted to flee from the officer, however, due to icy road conditions and poor tire tread his vehicle simply fishtailed in the roadway. The pursuit concluded after two blocks. The driver was arrested for fleeing an officer and a warrant through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. K9 Eros indicated a positive alert to the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search revealed a quantity of marijuana, several pipes, prescription medication and a substance in a gem bag that will be sent to the crime lab for identification. The marijuana, pipes and pills were found to belong to a female passenger in the vehicle. She will be charged for those items. The driver was additionally charged for possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 12:36 a.m., an officer responded to a theft complaint. The caller had returned to their residence after being gone for 5 weeks to find two tv’s, jewelry and a cell phone missing. The investigation is ongoing.
At 8:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a welfare check complaint of a female who had by lying on the side of Highway 64. The female had been picked up by the caller and was brought to town. Contact was made with the caller who advised the female left his vehicle and walked away but she appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The female had left behind property in the caller’s vehicle that included a small bag with a crystal substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. The female was located and repeatedly refused to identify herself. She was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, obstructing an officer and felony bail jumping.