3 arrested on drug charges after traffic stops | TheUnion.com

3 arrested on drug charges after traffic stops

Tina Stoutner

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people Friday on drug charges after two separate traffic stops.

A sheriff’s deputy ended up arresting a Penn Valley man after stopping him for traffic violations at about 3 p.m. in the 10000 block of Mills Road, said Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

The man told the deputy he wasn’t positive where his driver’s license was, but his passenger produced his ID, which identified him as Dale Mark Lundberg, 50.

Lundberg kept putting his hands in his pockets despite the deputy’s repeated instructions to stop, Pettitt said.

He reportedly initially told the deputy he had a pipe in his pocket, then said he had a “point” — or needle.

When the deputy went to cuff him, Lundberg was able to slip away and run, jumping a chain link fence and fleeing to a carport, Pettitt said. He was seen throwing items away, and then put his hands up and surrendered, Pettitt said.

A search of the ares reportedly uncovered two hypodermic needles and some suspected methamphetamine wrapped in paper. Lundberg reportedly was found to have a pipe in his pocket, and a search of his vehicle before it was towed uncovered a box with hash and marijuana cola.

Lundberg was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession of concentrated cannabis, transportation of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. He was being held in lieu of $37,926 bail.

Erratic behavior after a traffic stop reportedly led to the arrest of two women in Grass Valley that same night.

A deputy pulled over a vehicle at about 10 p.m.. on Packard Drive and Butler Street for numerous traffic violations, Pettitt said.

The driver made an abrupt stop and then could be seen crawling over her female passenger to exit on her side, he added.

The driver got out holding a planter, and was advised to put it down and sit down on the ground.

The woman complied, but then began talking rapidly and pulling grass out of the ground, which reportedly led the deputy to suspect she was under the influence of a controlled substance.

The woman, identified as Tina Marlene Stoutner, 56, of Penn Valley, denied being on drugs, saying she had taken meth several days prior and then changing her story to several weeks prior.

She was asked to take a field sobriety test and was found to be under the influence, handcuffed and taken into custody, Pettitt said.

A small plastic baggie with a white substance reportedly was found on the ground near where Stoutner was being detained.

Her passenger — Diane Leigh Allbright, 58, of Grass Valley — told the deputy the bag contained hydrocodone, which was hers, and that she had given it to Stoutner.

Allbright subsequently also was taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle prior to it being towed reportedly uncovered more hydrocodone, suspected meth and a small amount of hash.

Allbright was booked on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance and was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail. Stoutner was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance, possessing hash and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended license. She was being held without bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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