CA10: Search of car was inevitable by later inventory (completely overlooking automobile exception)

Defendant was stopped after robbing a Dollar General store of cigarettes. When confronted in the parking lot, he pulled a gun on the employees. Albuquerque PD found the car, surrounded it, and got him out. The car was searched and the gun was found. It was inevitably discovered because it was essentially in plain view and then it would have been inventoried after the arrest anyway. (The court doesn’t even mention the automobile exception, but that would be the most logical justification since the robbery victims described a gun in the car.) United States v. Metts, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 25143 (10th Cir. Sep. 5, 2018).* Classic right result, wrong reason.

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