The cause of Sunday night's startling incident involving a shattered rear car window during a Glenn County traffic stop in Orland remains a mystery.
The following is a press release issued Monday afternoon by Orland Police Chief J.C. Tolle:
Glenn County Deputy Sheriff made an enforcement stop on a Saturn 4-Door on Eight St S/of Newville Rd for driving without headlights. Two Orland Police Officers as well as another GCSO Deputy stopped as cover officers. During the traffic stop, the Saturn’s rear windshield shattered with a large hole on the left side (D/S).
"The assumption was we were being shot at,'' said Orland Police Sgt. Joe Vlach. "So the first thing we had to do was take cover and get the occupants out and get them to safety."
Within minutes, patrol units from Glenn County, Orland and CHP, including one of its helicopters, arrived to the scene with everyone believing at the time they had been shot at. The area was checked by air and officers on the ground. Nothing out of the ordinary was found.
After things calmed down, officers were able to examine the car and could not locate anything that may have caused the rear window to shatter like it did. There were no bullet holes, rocks, BB’s, Pellets or Air-Soft BB’s.
The cause of the window shattering remains a mystery.
The occupants of the Saturn, Prineville Oregon Residence 39-y/o Rebecca Stafford and 44-y/o Leeanne Lamance, were reunited with their car.