OH7: Officer’s stop of def outside of jurisdiction wasn’t unlawful because local officers were ultimately there, too

Defendant was stopped outside the officer’s jurisdiction. The officer had probable cause to stop and detain defendant when he personally observed defendant’s traffic violation and personally observed defendant’s slurred speech and sluggish motor skills. The interest in protecting the public from defendant’s erratic driving while under the influence far outweighed any possible restraint there may be on his liberty interest. Two local officers were present to witness his admission to having consumed alcohol, his failed field sobriety tests, and his request to be arrested. The fact that the arresting officer was outside of his jurisdiction does not eradicate the need to ensure public safety under these circumstances. State v. Craig, 2019-Ohio-4962, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 5027 (7th Dist. Nov. 21, 2019).*

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