It's either a peculiar coincidence, or something's fishy. Either way, according to The Olympian, the same private bus, with the same driver, has been pulled over by the same Washington State Patrol trooper twice in the last two weeks along Interstate 5 - and each time at least one passenger has been arrested.
As Jeremy Pawloski of The Olympian details, the bus in question is owned by a Los Angeles-based carrier. And each time the bus has been pulled over those arrested have been nearly the only passengers on board.
According to the Olympian:
During a Feb. 6 stop in DuPont, two passengers were arrested for carrying more than half a pound of methamphetamine, and during a stop in Thurston County Tuesday morning, a passenger was arrested for having a stolen, loaded Ruger pistol, court papers state.
The similar fact patterns surrounding the two stops of the same bus, which is owned by Autobusses Coordiavos USA Inc., a company based in Los Angeles, Calif., is odd, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said.
"It's something we are investigating, it's safe to say," Gill said.
That's probably a good call.
According to Pawloski's story, during both stops the trooper issued a citation because the bus did not have a visible "prorated license," which allows out-of-state buses to legally operate in Washington. During the first stop, Pawloski reports that the "trooper became suspicious because the driver did not know much about the company or its employees and the trooper was unable to contact the company with a phone number provided by the driver."
The first stop resulted in a 17-year-old and a 23-year-old from Los Angeles being arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. The second stop on Tuesday resulted in a 32-year-old Mount Vernon man being cuffed for suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm.
Together, both incidents have resulted in plenty of head scratching.