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Supreme Court said police may not extend a traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted initial stop
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.
The justices voted 6-3 in favor of a driver who was found to have methamphetamine in his car. Dennys Rodriguez was issued a warning for driving on the shoulder of a Nebraska highway and then made to wait less than 10 minutes for officers to walk a drug-sniffing dog around the car. The dog alerted and a search of the vehicle turned up the drugs.
Police may typically inspect a driver's license, ask for the registration and proof of insurance and check for outstanding warrants because they all are aimed at ensuring that vehicles are operated safely, Ginsburg said.
"A dog sniff, unlike those stock inquiries, lacks the same tie to roadway safety," she said.
The precise amount of time involved is unimportant, she said. "A traffic stop becomes unlawful if prolonged beyond the time in fact needed to complete all traffic-based inquiries," Ginsburg said.
I'm sorry this case won, with Meth being involved, but I'm glad it did. We have had some serious problems lately with our local police pulling this crap pretty much on any young driver. It needs to stop.
originally posted by: MysticPearl
So how does this impact DUI checkpoints?
originally posted by: peter_kandra
a reply to: bullcat
I would guess to say that you'll suddenly see an increase in "equipment malfunctions" while checking licenses, etc.
Miraculously, once the malfunction is resolved, the K-9 unit will be there.
originally posted by: Greathouse
That's still going to increase the time for a traffic stop . They will call the dog and fart around forever writing your ticket.