2012 C T 001342 (Manatee County)
Defendant was stopped in Manatee County by a Pinellas County sheriff for briefly driving on the wrong side of the roadway against oncoming traffic. The Pinellas sheriff called out for Manatee Deputies to respond. A DUI investigation ensued and the Defendant was arrested for DUI. He took a breath test and blew over a .20. Darren Finebloom investigated the case and filed a motion to suppress based on the unlawful stop and arrest. Mr. Finebloom argued that because the Pinellas Deputy was out of his jurisdiction he could not perform a traffic stop as there was no felony committed in his presence nor a breach of peace. Furthermore even if the court found a breach of peace no citizens arrest was performed by the out of county deputy. The Judge granted the motion and the State dropped the DUI charge completely.
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