A police officer encountered defendant at a trailer park and found out he was on parole. Defendant gave his PO’s name, and the officer called. The PO said that defendant has missed meetings and failed a drug test and they wanted him. There was probable cause for defendant’s arrest for his violation of parole based on the information from the PO to the officer. State v. Blattel, 2016 Iowa App. LEXIS 962 (Sept. 14, 2016).
Police received a call about an older model Chevrolet pickup truck wandering on the road. The officer got to the area and saw such a vehicle and followed observing it doing just that. That gave the officer reasonable suspicion for a stop for OWI. The court agrees with the district court that the motion to suppress wasn’t timely [but the appellate court got to the merits anyway]. State v. Hanson, 2016 Iowa App. LEXIS 947 (Sept. 14, 2016).*