Suspects flag down officers before being arrested for drugs

GERMANTOWN (WITI) -- A man and a woman arrested outside a Germantown gas station Thursday evening, March 6th flagged down authorities before being taken into custody.

25-year-old Jacob Eggers hailed a police detective after locking his keys in his car outside a Mobil station. The detective didn't have the proper tools to help, so a squad was called in.

"Unlocked the door -- upon doing so, the officer could smell marijuana," said Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell. "You're kind of like, you can't believe it, but yet it's really not that shocking anymore."

Eggers and his passenger, 30-year-old Kristin Wendels, consented to a search of the vehicle. Inside, the officer found heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

"It just kind of highlights some of the thinking patterns addicts have, or lack thereof," said Hoell.

The street value of the drugs in the car was just under $300. Wendels also had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

"Somebody could look at it and go, 'how stupid and funny.' It's actually pretty sad when you think about it. I mean, a lot of our armed robberies, a lot of our serious violent crimes are committed by heroin addicts and they're not thinking clearly," said Hoell.

The Police Chief says the scenario isn't the first time suspects have brought themselves to the attention of authorities.

"They'll come into the lobby and they'll reek of marijuana or have marijuana in their pockets, or they'll reek of alcohol or be highly intoxicated and they drove here," Hoell said.

Eggers has been charged with one count of possession of a narcotic drug -- a felony. Wendels faces the same felony charge, plus four other misdemeanors.