• Tip-based police stops are OK per Indiana Supreme Court

    January 02, 2012 No comments

    The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer can pull over a driver based on a concerned citizen’s 911 tip, even if the officer never witnessed the motorist’s suspicious behavior.

    Thursday’s 4-1 decision reversed a trial court’s ruling and found that information a citizen provided in a central Indiana drunken driving case gave officers enough reasonable suspicion to briefly detain a motorist.

    The Times of Munster reports that a man called 911 in April 2009 and reported that a possible drunken driver had just pulled into a gas station in Plainfield, Ind. Police said the woman’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times Indiana’s legal limit.

    The woman asked a trial court to suppress the evidence because the officer had no independent reason to pull her over.

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