OH12: No const’l requirement to call owner before vehicle impoundment

Neither the federal nor state constitution require an officer to call the owner of a car to come and get it off a parking lot rather than it be towed when the driver is arrested. State v. Edwards, 2022-Ohio-2384, 2022 Ohio App. LEXIS 2255 (12th Dist. July 11, 2022).

Here, the driver was slumped over the steering wheel in a McDonald’s parking lot, and the police were called. The fact the DWI impound policy wasn’t exactly followed doesn’t make the decision to impound the car after drugs were found in the inventory unreasonable. United States v. Angell, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121362 (D.N.H. July 11, 2022).

The traffic stop was objectively reasonable based on the dashcam video. Defendant’s consent was voluntary. United States v. Saphieh, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121444 (E.D. Ark. July 8, 2022).*

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