Bicycle ride leads to unregistered sex offender’s arrest

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 8:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A simple bicycle ride landed one man in jail for  much more than not wearing his helmet. Police arrested a man Thursday night after stopping him for not wearing a helmet, but he now faces multiple charges.

Authorities said bicyclist David Lappin, was a sex offender who had two felony warrants out for his arrest. They said he also had a bag full of drugs.

Officers said Lappin would not give them a straight answer on what his name was. He gave police four different names when police stopped him along Mission.

"Once you find out the first one's not real, you realize your're going down that path. And in this case it lead to some significant arrests," said Spokane Police Lt. Alan Arnzen.

Court documents show that after officers finally got Lappin to come clean about his name, they realized he had warrants and a history of failing to register as a sex offender.

"It's surprising how many people with warrants drive erratically or bike without a helmet like this case, almost like thye're asking to be pulled over," said Lt. Arnzen.

Police also found three needles in his bag that tested positive for heroin.
Officials said Lappin was also weaving in and out of traffic and trying to get away from officers before he was stopped.

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