SD Court Upholds Stop In Drunken Driving Case
by Associated Press
July 05, 2013 11:51 AM
The state Supreme Court has upheld a South Dakota man's conviction for drunken driving, ruling that a Highway Patrol trooper had sufficient reason to stop the man after seeing his pickup truck cross a lane marker on the side of the highway.
Jason Hett was stopped by a trooper in December 2011 near Buffalo in northwestern South Dakota. Hett argued the evidence against him should be thrown out because the trooper had no reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation that would justify the stop.
But the high court says the trooper was justified in stopping Hett because the trooper had a reasonable suspicion Hett had violated the law by driving outside his lane.
A jury convicted Hett of drunken driving and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.