N.D.Fla.: No 4A requirement a car left in a parking lot on def’s arrest couldn’t be towed and inventoried

The driver of the vehicle was a serial violator of the state statute on driving on a suspended license. When he was caught this time, the vehicle was on a parking lot and the officer elected to have it towed, which resulted in an inventory. The SOP for inventory didn’t deal with this specific issue. “Moreover, no Fourth Amendment principle required Deputy Calabro to leave the ownerless vehicle in the private business parking lot, even though it was safely parked.” United States v. Curtis, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164254 (N.D. Fla. Sept. 25, 2019).

After a traffic stop, in a milk crate in the backseat were two gun cases. That justified securing them, and that led to a felon in possession charge. United States v. Scott, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164209 (E.D. La. Sept. 25, 2019).

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