Two arrested after officer spots wanted man in a vehicle

BEDFORD – A Bedford man and woman were arrested on Wednesday, on drug charges when a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped their vehicle after noticing the male was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.

Ira Byron

According to a probable cause affidavit, the officer spotted a Chevrolet Silverado at the intersection of M and 5th streets with 51-year-old Ira Byron, of Bedford, as a passenger.

The vehicle continued through the intersection traveling south on M Street. The officer stopped the vehicle on 7th Street near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue.

The officer approached the passenger’s side of the vehicle and ordered Byron out of the vehicle and he was detained on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

In Byron’s cigarette package the officer found a small amount of marijuana. 

Shirley Patterson

The driver of the vehicle was 43-year-old Shirley Patterson, of Bedford.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found syringes and a spoon that had meth residue on it. 

Patterson was then detained. 

In the glovebox, officers found another syringe containing meth.

Police then learned Patterson was a habital traffic offender..  

Patterson was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, habitual traffic offender. Byron was arrested on the outstanding warrant and additional charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of marijuana.