Daughter’s Call to Cops Supported Dad’s MV Stop & DWI Arrest – State v. Amelio
In this morning’s Supreme Court decision in State v. Amelio, the Justices held that a call to the police from the defendant’s juvenile daughter reporting her father as driving drunk constituted sufficient justification for the police to effect a motor vehicle stop of the father’s car. The Justices reasoned that the tip in this case was not from an anonymous source, but rather from an identified family member who risked prosecution in the event of a false report. The fact that the daughter was a juvenile and only provided limited information that her father was driving “drunk” was of no consequence to the court. In essence, the report provided the police with a reasonable suspicion to stop the defendant’s car.
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