Iowa this week

A traffic stop can be based on probable cause or reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation. The trial court credited that the officer believed a headlight was out, and the evidence supports that conclusion. State v. White, 2019 Iowa App. LEXIS 841 (Sept. 11, 2019).*

The 911 call involved an Audi and another car in a possible road rage incident. When the stop finally occurred, two cars were stopped, and defendant was in the second car. All were ordered out of the cars and searched and defendant had drugs. There was no reasonable suspicion for this passenger. Reversed. State v. Mai, 2019 Iowa App. LEXIS 867 (Sept. 11, 2019).*

The search of defendant’s purse was valid as a search incident. The court notes in a footnote that the state could have litigated abandonment but didn’t. State v. Schiebout, 2019 Iowa App. LEXIS 833 (Sept. 11, 2019).*

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