CANYON CITY - Quick thinking on the part of a bus driver for Grant Union School District No. 3 Thursday afternoon, April 17, resulted in the recovery of a stolen pickup and the arrest of two Kent, Wash., residents on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer reported that bus driver Richard McKinley was driving south on Highway 395 when he observed a vehicle that was off the road near milepost 16.
McKinley reportedly continued his route south to Seneca and was en route back toward the Izee area when he observed the same vehicle had again been involved in an accident, this time at milepost 20.4.
He reportedly continued on to County Road 63 where he met with Palmer and reported the incident.
The sheriff drove to the accident scene, where Jack Douglas Dickinson, 40, and Edward Gene Fant, 43, were taken into custody.
According to investigators, Dickinson was operating the vehicle near mile post 16 when he reportedly attempted to turn the vehicle around in the center of the highway and backed into an embankment.
A passing motorist reportedly assisted Dickinson and Fant in freeing the vehicle.
At this point, Fant reportedly began driving and proceeded for about four miles into Bear Valley where the vehicle apparently skidded off the highway and into the barrow pit.
There were no reported injuries, and the vehicle was removed from the scene by Doug's Towing.
Both suspects were lodged in the Grant County Jail.