AZ: Hot pursuit justified for minor offenses

Police attempted to stop defendant for a vehicle registration violation, but he didn’t stop and gave probable cause to believe he was fleeing the stop. He drove into his private driveway with a police car right behind him and went to the back of the property. The entry onto his private driveway was in “hot pursuit,” and the court follows the majority of jurisdictions and finds hot pursuit constitutionally justified for minor offenses. State v. Hernandez, 2017 Ariz. App. LEXIS 134 (June 23, 2017).

“After evaluating in detail the state-court proceedings in which Mr. Fuller’s Fourth Amendment claim was addressed, the district court determined Mr. Fuller was given an opportunity for full and fair litigation of a Fourth Amendment claim in state court and therefore dismissed claim one” under Stone v. Powell. CoA denied on all grounds. Fuller v. Warden, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10830 (10th Cir. June 20, 2017).*

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