Inyo deputy pursues and arrests

ICSOLate last week, a 20-minute pursuit by an Inyo Sheriff’s Deputy ended in the arrest of a Bishop man riding a dirt bike.

According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, a deputy was parked on the side of the road on Diaz Lane in Bishop, making a cell phone call. The report says the deputy saw a dirt bike run a stop sign and continue west-bound on Diaz Lane.

The deputy tried to stop the dirt-bike rider who kept going.  The deputy chased the man for about 20 minutes and finally stopped him at Red Hill Road west of Bishop.

The officer arrested Anthony Shippentower, 24, of Bishop.  At last heard Shippentower remained in jail at Independence under several charges – evading, obstructing a public officer, violation of parole, and driving without a license.  His bail was set at $20,000.

The lengthy pursuit involved these agencies – Inyo Sheriff, Bishop Tribal Police, California Highway Patrol and INET.


33 Responses to Inyo deputy pursues and arrests

  1. Trouble September 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Billy Jack is back 🙂

  2. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    First off I need to remember the cops are here to help, but in a case like this what did they help? It seems that was the sole purpose was to wait for something so simple like running a stop sign to have something to do. We have all ran a stop sign or made a rolling stop a time or two so why are the local police making a priority out of such a common occurrence that is probably happening right now. Are they willing to give a high speed pursuit for everybody that does a rolling stop? Or is it only worth there while if its on the reservation?
    I thought seeking out crime was illegal but not here if you can get something on the individual before or after the fact!!
    Sadly we all know everybody doesn’t play by the same rules, depending on what side you are on will dictate whether you care enough to say something or not!

    • Benett Kessler September 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      I will just point out that the officer witnessed an offense. Where would you have officers draw the line?

      • Trouble September 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

        He witnessed a minor infraction and could have hurt some innocent victim also. There is a reason many cities don’t allow police to chase people around public places for minor crimes.

    • Dingo September 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Jeremiah, not everyone runs stop signs as you say, most of us understand the consequences if we do. The cop may have prevented a pedestrian or a cyclist from getting ran over the next time this guy decided to run a stop sign OR prevented this guy from colliding with a car which usually results with the dude on the motorcycle being injured or DEAD, in other words the cop may have saved him from himself. Get a clue bro!

      • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 25, 2012 at 7:44 am #

        I am not gonna act like I know how a Cop should act in any situation, But a lot of citations and tickets are to contribute to the state budget and has nothing to do with whether the cop cared about individuals safety or not. Don’t get me wrong I assume most if not all Cops do care about the community, I am the type to see things on the positive side so I will agree that this Officer may have saved him from himself and whatever stance helps you justify your opinion is your giving right!
        But it is tough for me to support a broken justice system when we all know the rich and famous surely don’t play by the same rules.

    • Big AL September 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      um jerry .. last I knew .. it was still against the law to run a stop sign .. but this guy had something he didn’t want to discuss with the law … warrant and no license …

      So .. let the guy roll or run the stop sign .. next time it might not be good for him and or someone else.

      I was stopped by S/O years ago .. not on the rez .. on 395. I clearly rolled it! .. wasn’t just a slow roll and go .. I rolled it good. Funny thing is .. it was like 0400 in the morning .. no one but him and I on the road!
      He was way off down the road, he lit me up .. even gave me a ticket for it, it was my fault ..
      I broke the law, so you see they don’t target any one group or any one area.

      Maybe the arrogance of the rider maybe had something to do with it .. like maybe running .. or rolling a stop sign in front of a cop? Or maybe he was a lil impaired maybe? If so .. the cop might have cut him a break on that one .. since it wasn’t mentioned in the report here.

      What happened to being part of the solution and not part of the problem … just saying?

  3. Trouble September 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    The police need to think of public saftey first. If it means this guy gets away , who really cares. A lot of cities only persue fleeing felons. If I remember correctly the Sheriffs stopped chasing the young man they later found deceased in the river not to long ago. That was in the middle of nowhere. Why take the chance in the city?

    • Benett Kessler September 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      Because he broke a law and there could have been an accident that caused great damage.

    • Big AL September 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

      That part i agree with to some extent Trouble …. nothing wrong with the initial try at stopping him .. but if they fail to stop and it gets unsafe .. back off .. in most cases .. you can’t out run Motorola!

    • local lady September 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      I believe the suspect here is a felon. Im glad they chased him and caught him. Not right when little kids play in that area. Theres a daycare and a ball field right there!!!!!

  4. Wooly Mammoth September 25, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Good Job guys…. Don’t let anyone get away. Chase them to the ends of the Earth!

  5. Trouble September 25, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    I disagree , in a lot of towns now days , police do not chase down people fleeing for minor reasons to take away the risk to others caused by the chase. So they don’t have people acting like Smokey and the Bandit, and the Blues Brothers.

    • Big AL September 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      I do hear what your saying Trouble, don’t get me wrong, I wish some others would see it that way. You want to get them, but then as we have seen in some of the glorified chases on the news, other people end up getting involved and hurt or killed.

      And people flock to the tube and glue themselves to it to watch for all of the juicy morbid morsels of the whole affair. The media feeds them all they can get.

  6. Brandon September 25, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Why are we upset at the officer for doing the job we pay him to do, shouldn’t we as a society be more critical of the person who decided to run. The officers job is not to interpret the laws, that is for the courts, the officers job is to enforce the laws as they are written.

  7. Mark September 25, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I ran from the cops once on my dirtbike. They beat the crap out of me, then tossed me in the back seat. There was another guy already in the back seat wearing cuffs. He said “man they beat the crap out of you”. I said “Ya I know”.

    A few minutes later the cop opened the door and said “I think you’ve learned your lesson, get out of here”.

    I haven’t ran from the cops since.

    • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 25, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      We all don’t play by the same rules, Thanks for your account Mark you have made my point!

    • Big AL September 26, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      LOL Mark, guess you did.

    • 5th generation bishop local September 26, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Assuming you ran from the cops here in B-Town, that’s why LE is so cool here. They don’t go out of their way to screw your life, they just want to make a point, and keep the public safe. It bums me out when bishop locals are so down on our local PD.

  8. JeanGenie September 25, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I don’t agree with everything law enforcement does, umm, but, they are supposed to enforce the law. Running a stop sign is dangerous, as is then running from the law. If the cops didn’t bust these guys why have stop signs or any traffic control?
    There isn’t anything open to interpretation here. If you run a stop sign, especially at a high rate of speed, you put others at risk.
    why is anyone putting up an argument here? Hopefully next time it won’t be your kids crossing the street in the idiots way!

    • Nikki September 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm #


      • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 26, 2012 at 7:51 am #

        I’ll quit winning. I just wish they would tell it like it is which is there was nothing going on up town so the res shade was looking comfortable and this individual made the officer’s day.
        I support the local cops to the point that I understand they are meant to help and I would show them that same respect.
        I just know some get away and some don’t for the same crime.
        But I know people that run from the cops are afraid for many reason and most just don’t accept responsibility for their actions so they think they can run all their lives.
        My point that I try to make when I go against the grain of your social circle or belief’s, is when we have law enforcement that nit pick any little violation they can come up with so it adds to their justification of doing what they do to, when it only adds to the major problem of over populated prisons and jails. And who is OK with our nation spending more on criminals and housing them, then we do investing in our kids education, obvious reflection of why the kids of this nation scores keep going down.
        Our system is broken more ways then one.

        • Benett Kessler September 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

          Maybe so, but the fact remains that the officer said the man broke the law right in front of him. Duty requires response.
          Benett Kessler

        • Nikki September 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

          Also, I need to point out that the officer that we are discussing was on the reservation taking the phone call about a possible burglary that occured on the reservation. While in process of the phone call, the guy on the motorcycle flew through the stop sign. So, as Benett stated below, duty requires response. So, because the officer was doing his job, he is picking on the reservation becase he has nothing else to do??? Get your facts right before you start pointing fingers and accusing……just saying!

        • Big AL September 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

          OK Jeremiah .. I get the system is broke, heard every time. But you’re running the selective thing into the ground, while I get what you’re saying there dude .. It is not as bad as you say, and yes I am on the outside looking in.

          I get that things you describe happen, I know they do … not on the magnitude that you say, or at least I don’t see it that way, I might be wrong .. but regardless of that, regardless of the fact that this dude was profiled.

          He had it coming .. to run the stop sign in front of the officer, ok so you say well that is the cover story. OK so he didn’t roll it .. this is a good bull story for the report and justify attempting to stop this guy on the bike.

          Had he not had something he didn’t want to discuss with the officer, then he would have stopped, took the ticket .. if he didn’t get a warning.

          But no … he didn’t stop something he didn’t want to get stopped for, so he decided to run, now he gets what he gets on top of what he had already.

          I think we can only speculate what happened unless you were right there to see it all.

          I think .. that people need to lighten up on all of the negativity of how people treat each other and focus on making it better in more positive ways. Just saying …. How can we live together when all we can do is bitch about the wrongs and not see the good? I understand how it is .. it is soo easy to get sucked into that trap.

  9. Trouble September 25, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Still don’t agree with you all. I car chase is a good way for someone to get killed. Very few end nice.

    • Wooly Mammoth September 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Actually most pursuits do end without injury. You only see or hear about the bad endings. If crooks think they can run and the cops won’t chase them why not go rob a bank? Crooks would know they just have to run a stop sign and the cops will let them go. Cops don’t always know why someone is running at the time a pursuit starts because the original crime has not been reported or discovered yet. Cops should discontinue a pursuit when the suspect is known and the level of the crime is low like a small theft and there is no further immediate danger to the public. If the reason the crook is running is not known or the crime is more serious then the cos need to chase. I think cops need more latitude to ram suspect vehicles or execute pit spins. If you are a criminal and you run from cops in a vehicle you need to go to prison.

  10. local lady September 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    how would you feel if the cop let him go?? And then found out he hit someone?! You would still be mad!!

    • Trouble September 26, 2012 at 3:59 am #

      Will, I hope no gets hits becuase the cops were chasing someone for something stupid like running a stop sign. Robbing a bank is a different story.

  11. Big AL September 26, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I think as Trouble says, it is when it gets dangerous, yes I do believe they should try to apprehend at all possible ends, but they can back off when needed.

  12. Bill September 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Why would this young man run? Most “Deputies” would probably warn him, but when you run you DO have something to hide which he did. What if he just robbed YOU and it was not known to law enforcement? You hear about this all the time, sometimes the officer walks into an unknown situation, then what? The best way for people to act is to be non-aggressive towards any cop. If not, you will most likely get what you ‘re asking for!!!!

  13. local lady September 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    maybe if this criminal thought about public safety, life & death he wouldnt have ran. We cant have people who have no care or concern for public safety n the streets. Thank god he was arrested and now he has plenty of time to think about public safety in the inyo county jail…….

  14. Big AL September 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Local Lady, that is just the problem … people do not think at times!


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