A California man who was on his way to court to face charges for car theft, was pulled over on Tuesday while reportedly driving a different stolen vehicle.
Inside Edition reports that Timothy Lane, 52, of Dinuba, was spotted close to Selma, at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that matched the description of a truck recently reported stolen. Deputy Burk, of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, pulled the truck over at Highway 99 and Mountain View Avenue. When questioned, Lane said that he was on his way to Fresno court to carry out a plea deal he with the district attorney on auto theft charges.
When Burk ran the truck’s information through the system, it turned out to be the vehicle reported stolen. Lane claimed he had no idea the truck he was driving had been stolen. Burk didn’t buy the story.
“Deputy Burk was not buying his story as he could see the truck’s ignition had been altered and a pair of pliers were being used to start the engine,” a police statement read.
Burk arrested Lane on auto theft and possession of stolen property charges. He remains behind bars with a $22,500.
Meanwhile, the truck was towed to storage and authorities contacted its rightful owner.
[Feature Photo: Fresno County Sheriff’s Office]