Objects Hanging From Mirrors Not Sufficient To Stop DUI / Drunk Driving Suspect

Aug 12, 2010 @ 05:20 PM — by Myles L. Berman

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently held that a cross hanging from the rear view mirror was not a sufficient basis to stop a driver which resulted in a DUI / Drunk Driving arrest. As a result, all evidence obtained as a result of the stop was not admissible and the conviction thrown out. The State claimed that the hanging cross could have posed a distraction but presented no evidence to support their position. One time I was in court watching another case when the State claimed that a Union 76 orange ball placed on the top of an antenna blocked the driver's view and that was the reason why the police pulled him over. Police often look for any type of unusual minor decorations to stop a driver for DUI / Drunk Driving, even cracked windshields!

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