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Reasonable Suspicion – Traffic Stop

County of Milwaukee v. Katherine R. Harmon, 2010AP297, District 1, 8/24/10

court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Harmon: Basil M. Loeb; BiC; Resp.

Traffic stop supported by reasonable suspicion of impaired driving based on: driving on lane-divider lines, crossing lane-divider by half-foot, and “jerkiness in … front steer tires.”

The court notes that while “merely weaving within the confines of a driver’s traffic lane is not sufficient to support reasonable suspicion sufficient to make a traffic stop …, it may be part of the mosaic that constitutes the requisite reasonable suspicion,” ¶7. Moreover, the lane violation (crossing divider line) was alone enough to establish traffic violation, § 363.13(1), and thus to justify the stop, id.

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