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Reasonable Suspicion – Terry Stop

State v. Joseph R. Jones, 2010AP2326-CR, District 4, 3/24/11

court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Jones: Rebecca J. Vahle; case activity

Reasonable suspicion to believe Jones had committed a (domestic violence-related) crime supported investigative stop.

¶10      Deputy Miller, who was dispatched to aid Curley, observed a woman standing alone on a deserted county road before the sun had risen.  He was aware that she had informed the 911 dispatcher that she had been kicked out of a vehicle and he observed that she was scared and crying.   Deputy Miller was informed by Curley that she had had an argument with people in the vehicle and didn’t know who they were.  He also observed that Curley wanted to call her mother to let her mother know that she was all right and when Deputy Miller stopped Jones’s vehicle, she crouched low in Deputy Miller’s vehicle to prevent Jones from seeing her.  I conclude that these facts taken together could lead an officer to reasonably believe that Curley had been the victim of behavior that, at the very least, constituted a form of disorderly conduct.  See Wis. Stat. § 947.01.[2]

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