UKIAH, Calif. - Two men were arrested in Ukiah Friday after a three-car accident revealed two of the cars were being driven by men possessing meth, according to police.
On Oct. 25 at around 2 p.m., officers with the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) were dispatched to the report of an injury traffic collision on East Perkins Street. Upon arrival, police said they found three vehicles were involved in an accident and traffic was blocked.
According to UPD, during a subsequent investigation officers learned that 49-year-old Stian Schwindt of Willits, was speeding in his his 2012 Chevy Volt heading eastbound on East Perkins Street, when he decided to pass traffic in front of him. As Schwindt crossed into oncoming westbound traffic in order to pass the car in front of him, police said he collided with a 2017 Toyota Camry. The impact of the collision from Schwindt’s car pushed the Camry into another car, a 2008 Ford Edge, according to officers.
According to police, the driver of the Camry, a 65-year-old Potter Valley woman, was injured and transported to Upper Valley Medical Center in Ukiah via ambulance.
UPD said a records check revealed that Schwindt’s driver’s license was suspended. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, police said. He was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.
The investigation was initially complicated because according to police, a passenger from the Chevy Volt, 56-year-old Barry Kirkland, told officers he had been driving at the time of the collision. According to UPD, this resulted in Kirkland being placed under arrest for delaying a police officer. Officers said that while Kirkland was being booked into MCSO jail, he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and the additional charge of bringing a controlled substance into jail was added.
Both Kirkland and Schwindt were booked into county jail.