Court Decision Impacts Vehicle Searches

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

An untold amount of drugs and weapons have been taken off the streets of Bryan-College Station by a police procedure that the Supreme Court now says is illegal.

The Court ruled this week that police need a warrant to search the vehicle of someone they've arrested if the person is locked up in a patrol cruiser and poses no safety threat to officers. Previously, an arrest was all an officer needed to search a vehicle without a warrant.

News 3 talked with Brazos County First Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps on how this decision will impact local law enforcement. To view the interview, click on the icon.

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