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Traffic stop – reasonable suspicion based on speed

State v. Marvin L. Dillman, 2012AP865-CR, District 2, 3/27/13; court of appeals decision (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity

Police officer had reasonable suspicion to stop truck which she first saw “sideways” on the road and then observed accelerate quickly toward the curb before correcting itself and speeding away so quickly it required her to accelerate her squad car to 50 m.p.h. over three or four blocks to catch up:

¶7        Kollmann witnessed Dillman’s truck sideways in the roadway and then travel at a speed in excess of the speed limit. Kollmann has ten years of experience as a police officer, including substantial amounts of training in regulation of speeding, along with issuing hundreds of tickets and warnings to speeders. Given Kollmann’s experience, the totality of these articulable facts, and the reasonable inferences made by Kollmann, there was reasonable suspicion that Dillman was violating traffic laws prior to the stop.

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