AK: Def’s admission he had a knife during traffic stop justified a further patdown

Defendant was stopped for having studded tires after May 1st, and another warrant surfaced when checking on him. Despite the officer’s discretion to issue a summons or arrest, he still had the authority to conduct a patdown if there was reasonable suspicion. Here, defendant admitted having a knife on him [it is, after all Alaska]. The search here is not limited by Knowles. McGuire v. State, 2018 Alas. App. LEXIS 111 (June 1, 2018).

Defendant wasn’t yet seized when he was asked about a blood test. There was reasonable suspicion for the field sobriety test. Hurlburt v. State, 2018 Alas. App. LEXIS 110 (June 1, 2018).*

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