Two people were arrested at 3:47 a.m. Sunday, after a traffic stop at the Kwik Trip on the north side of Viroqua.

According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, a Vernon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, as the registered owner had a suspended drivers license. Throughout the course of the contact, the deputy observed reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Roadside interviews were conducted with the operator, Wesley J. Dollar, 29, of Boscobel, and the passenger Pa Kou Yang, 30, of Boscobel.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine and concealed weapons. Pa Yang was taken into custody on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Dollar was taken into custody on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, as well as two outstanding warrants from Grant County.

Formal charges will be sought through the Vernon County District Attorney’s Office. The Viroqua Police Department assisted at the scene.

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Is that even a legal stop or unreasonable search and seizure? The police ran the plates, which is reasonable and legal, to see if the car was legally registered and not stolen, but they then ran a background check on the registered owner and pulled the car over on the assumption that the registered owner was the driver and driving under suspension. Barring any other reason for a stop, it does not sound appropriate.

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