PA: Warrantless entry to arrest for DUI here was unreasonable; no exigency

A warrantless entry into defendant’s house because he’d been driving drunk was unreasonable. “Considering all the foregoing, we do not believe the Roland factors weigh in favor of an exigency here. Police were investigating a suspected drunk driver and nothing more. DUI is a misdemeanor, and there were no reported injuries, no reported property damage other than to the vehicle itself, and therefore nothing to support a finding of a high gravity offense here. There is no indication Appellant was armed, and no indication he would have attempted to escape. The Roland factors are not meant to support warrantless entry any time police have strong reason to suspect drunk driving. Moreover, the need to obtain BAC evidence is not sufficient, pursuant to McNeely, to create an exigency. We therefore cannot uphold the trial court’s denial of his suppression motion on this basis.” Commonwealth v. Edgin, 2022 PA Super 49, 2022 Pa. Super. LEXIS 130 (Mar. 22, 2022).

The warrant was issued with probable cause. In any event, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Potter, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50899 (E.D.Tenn. Mar. 22, 2022),* R&R 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51150 (E.D.Tenn. Jan. 27, 2022).*

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