Two arrested after a traffic stop

BEDFORD – Two Greencastle residents were arrested after the driver was stopped for a traffic violation on State Road 37 and State Road 158, early Sunday morning.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a Bedford Police officer was following a blue Chevrolet Impala traveling south on State Road 37 when he noticed the driver look in the rearview mirror and then drift across the fog line.

Police say the driver also drastically decreased their speed. Police say the vehicle continued to weave back and forth inside it’s lane of travel.  

Tracy Dunscombe

As officers began approaching the vehicle, they witnessed the male passenger, 47-year-old Tracy Dunscombe, of Greencastle, moving around in the passenger seat.

Ruth Rutenberg

Police say the driver, 40-year-old Ruth Rutenberg, also of Greencastle, would not make eye contact with officers.

Rutenberg then became defensive with officers and cursed at them saying they could not search her vehicle. 

Officers then detained both. That is when Dunscombe told police there was meth in his pocket. An officer found a baggie that contained crystal meth in Dunscombe’s pants pocket. 

During a search of the vehicle, police found a pill bottle in the middle console that belonged to another male that contained Amoxicillin. Rutenberg told police she had found the pills and put them in the center console.

Dunscombe was arrested on a charge of possession of meth and Rutenberg was arrested on a charge of possession of a legend drug.

The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s later declined to file charges against Rutenberg and she was released from jail.

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