An Inyo County sheriffâ€™s investigator assists the Bishop Police Department on a felony traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of two Lancaster residents for alleged vehicle theft. Photo by Mike Gervais
A routine traffic stop Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of two Lancaster residents and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
According to Bishop Police Department Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, an officer stopped Ryan William Dunham, 33 and Charity Leeann Swagler, 34, at about 11:13 a.m. for a â€śminorâ€ť infraction involving a defective windshield.
While running the driver, Swangler, and vehicle information, officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, had been reported stolen out of the Lancaster area more than a month ago.
Coffman said the report of a stolen vehicle prompted a felony traffic stop, which required officers to block the number two lane of southbound traffic on U.S. 395 for about seven minutes â€śfor the safety of the publicâ€ť as the suspects were taken into custody.
With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, Dunham and Swangler were taken into custody and transported to Inyo County Jail, where they are awaiting arraignment on charges of vehicle theft.