Cal.3d: Driver admitting no DL permitted search of her purse for ID

Police received reports of erratic driving and an LPN was given. The car wasn’t found at the location given. The address for the LPN was a block away, and the car wasn’t there either. Later in the day, police received another report on the same car, and this time it was found. Defendant was the driver and she admitted she had no DL. With that admission, it was not unreasonable for the officer to handcuff her and search only her purse for ID. This was not a general rummaging of the car – it was lawful under Gant and prior state case law. Meth was found in her purse. People v. Lopez, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 913 (3d Dist. Oct. 27, 2016).

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