D.S.D.: Reasonable to stop car driving off rural property as police arrive to execute a SW

Officers arrived with a search warrant for a house on rural property, and a vehicle was leaving. It was reasonable to stop the vehicle to determine whether it or an occupant belonged at the house and was covered by the search warrant. “Bradshaw and Foster were involved in criminal activity and were trying to drive off. Officer Antman and assisting officers had every right to stop and detain the two and search them and their vehicle.” United States v. Bradshaw, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154303 (D.S.D. Sep. 6, 2018).

Defendant argues the curtilage was violated because the officers parked in the driveway in such a way to make it hard for the owners to see them coming, and thus allow them to inspect the curtilage more. The court finds the police action reasonable because of where all the cars in the driveway were parked. United States v. Grantham, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154253 (N.D. Okla. Sep. 11, 2018).*

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