Two cars parked with only their parking lights on led Peoria County Sheriff's Deputies to what turned out to be a buy for painkillers that landed Bradley men's basketball player Will Egolf in jail.
Egolf, 23, and Jared Fletcher, 34, were arrested Monday night outside the Smoker's Outlet on Western Avenue. A Peoria County Sheriff's Department incident report has deputies saying Smoker's Outlet and others businesses in the area had been robbed lately so two cars with only their parking lights on raised suspicion.
As Sheriff's deputies pulled from around the back of the business and behind Egolf's and Fletcher's car, Egolf got out of the passenger side of Fletcher's car. One deputy yelled at Egolf to come back to him, but Egolf kept walking to his car which was parked in front of Fletcher's.
Egolf had first told a deputy he was meeting a friend to give him some tickets. Fletcher first said he was meeting a friend who owed him money. Deputies then went back to Egolf and told him the stories didn't match and asked why he was really meeting with Fletcher.
Egolf then admitted to buying some Vicodin pills from Fletcher.
One pill was found on the floor of Egolf's car, while the other five more were in a pouch behind the passenger's seat.
Egolf stated he was a basketball player and was taking Vicodin to help with the pain when he tore his ACL.
Meanwhile, Fletcher said Egolf gave him $20 for a few pills but the money was really for a bad debt. Fletcher said he had more Vicodin in an Advil bottle in his car.
A check of Fletcher's identification discovered his license was suspended.
Fletcher and Egolf were then formally arrested. Egolf was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Fletcher was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and driving while his license was suspended. Both were also read their Miranda rights.
Egolf, after saying he understood his rights and agreed to speak more to deputies, said he is not addicted to pain killers but just takes them for the pain from his torn ACL.
Egolf said he gave Fletcher $20 for a few Vicodin and Tramadol pills.
Fletcher, also after saying he understood his rights and agreeing to talk with deputies, said he sold Egolf Vicodin and Tramadol pills. Fletcher also said he had a prescription for the Vicodin and Tramadol.
A deputy spotted an empty prescription bottle that had Tramadol listed on it along with Fletcher's name.
The Advil bottle found in Fletcher's car had 2 pills that were confirmed to be Hydrocodone through labeling cross-referenced through drugs.com. The pills were the same type of pills collected from Egolf's car.
Fletcher could not explain why the Hydrocodone was in the Advil bottle.
The arresting officer stated in the report according to drugs.com, Hydrocodone is a controlled substance but Tramadol is not.
Deputies also found approximately two grams of cannibis and drug paraphernalia under Fletcher's seat in his car.
Fletcher and Egolf were then taken to the Peoria County Jail for booking. Both their cars were seized as evidence and towed to the Peoria County impound lot.