Illegal Police Bike Chase Results in Suppression of Evidence – State v. Williams

[11/23/09 – 11:45 am] In this morning’s Appellate Division decision in State v. Williams, the Court ruled that evidence recovered from a defendant following an illegal bike chase had to be suppressed. The defendant in Williams noted a large police presence in the neighborhood and quickly road away from the officers. Without any level of suspicion, the police chased him on foot and apprehended him after 4 or 5 seconds. During the chase, the defendant discarded a small box from his pocket that contained cocaine. The Appellate Division held that evidence obtained during an illegal chase and arrest may only be admissible if its recovery is substantially attenuated from the police illegal conduct. The Court went on to conclude that in this case there was no such attenuation and ordered the evidence suppressed.

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