In the News: MI Judge dismisses DUI charge from anonymous tip

Posted by on Mar 21, 2009 in DUI, Probable Cause |

District Judge William E. Bolle of Troy, Michigan dismissed a DUI charge where the arrest was the result of an anonymous tip. Although the tipster reported erratic driving, the police officer did not notice any erratic driving after following the defendant for one mile. Judge Bolle noted that information given by anonymous tips are notoriously unreliable and concluded that the facts observed by the police officer were not sufficient to justify...

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In the News: Former UF Baseball player spared DUI charge by videotape

Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in DUI, Probable Cause |

Former University of Florida baseball player Stephen Kendall Locke, Jr. had DUI charges dropped after it was determined that the video from the arresting officer’s dashboard camera did not support the arrest report. According to Officer Daniel Surrency, Locke was driving erratically, had the odor of alcohol on his breath, swayed, slurred his speech, and needed to lean on his vehicle for support. The dashboard camera showed no evidence of...

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In the News: US Supreme Court declines review of Commonwelath v. Dunlap

Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Drug Crimes, Probable Cause, Supreme Court |

On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, the United States Supreme Court decided not to review Pennsylvania v. Dunlap. In Commonwealth v. Dunlap, 941 A.2d 671 (Pa. 2007), Nathan Dunlap was charged and convicted of drug offenses after Philadelphia Police observed him engage in drug transactions. The officer testified that he saw Dunlap exchange several “small objects”for money. The officer said that in view of his training and experience and...

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