13.7 Miles and Still No Probable Cause

Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa.  Local deputy followed GRL’s client for 13.7 miles and did not observe a single traffic violation.  Despite this fact, the Deputy still claimed that he had reason to believe the driver was operating while intoxicated and stopped the vehicle.  GRL moved to exclude all evidence obtained as a result of the traffic stop alleging a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The judge agreed, citing the fact that the Deputy failed to activate his squad car camera until he finally turned on his overhead lights and the portion of driving captured on the squad camera did not demonstrate any significant driving issues.  Motion to suppress was granted, charge dismissed and driving privileges reinstated.