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Continued: Minnesota Supreme Court rulings curb search and seizure authority

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 20, 2014 - 11:48 PM

In the second ruling, the state Supreme Court said a police search of a properly parked vehicle that was improperly impounded was unreasonable.

In September 2012, a Blaine police officer stopped Erica Ann Rohde after seeing a signaling violation and determining that her driver’s license and registration were revoked. Although Rohde had safely parked on a residential street upon being stopped, police impounded her vehicle and conducted a search that yielded two small bags of meth and two glass pipes.

Rohde sought to suppress the evidence on the grounds that although the initial stop was proper, the search was unconstitutional because the impoundment was improper. The court agreed, saying that because Rohde had not been arrested and her parked vehicle posed no safety threat, the search was unreasonable.

It sent the case back to Anoka County District Court with instructions to suppress the evidence found during the car search.

 

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747

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