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Couple charged with child endangerment

Staff Reports

Charges of child endangerment and driving under the influence of methamphetamine have been filed against a Gardnerville couple taken into custody following a felony traffic stop last month.

Raymond Garrison, 38, and his wife, Lisa, 44, are both charged with child endangerment.

Lisa Garrison, who was the driver, is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Her husband is charged with using or being under the influence of a controlled substance.

When the couple was apprehended, their children, ages 2 and 4, were in the car.

A criminal complaint says that Raymond Garrison refused to place his hands outside the vehicle window as directed by a deputy who had his weapon drawn.

Lisa Garrison was charged with child endangerment because she was allegedly driving under the influence. She reportedly admitted using methamphetamine Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, the day of the arrest.

Deputies responded to a report of a man with a gun and woman arguing in the parking lot of Heritage Bank in a silver Toyota Highlander at about 10:07 a.m. Nov. 1.

A deputy pulled the vehicle over across the highway from Heritage Bank and spoke with Raymond and Lisa Garrison, whom he knew from prior contacts. There were two small children in the back seat.

The Garrisons admitted they’d been drinking alcohol that morning, and using methamphetamine, according to the report.

The deputy called for back-up, drew his weapon and ordered Garrison to put his hands out of the window. After the third time, Garrison put one hand out the window and then opened the door and started walking toward the deputy.

After Garrison dropped to his knees, he said there was a man in the back of the vehicle who had a gun and was threatening to kill the family.

When back-up arrived, deputies got all the occupants out of the vehicle and discovered there wasn’t anyone else in the vehicle.

No handgun was found inside the vehicle, and Garrison denied he had or even owned one.

He told the deputy he’d been using methamphetamine every day for three days and hadn’t slept.

The children and the vehicle were released to a family member.