Appeals Court: Phony sobriety checkpoint was legal

A federal appeals court has ruled that DeSoto Parish sheriff’s deputies didn’t illegally use a phony checkpoint to catch people driving under the influence of drugs, reports the Associated Press.

In April 2008, deputies placed a sign on a rural road that warned motorists a narcotics checkpoint was ahead, but the checkpoint didn’t exist. Instead, deputies stopped drivers for traffic violations as they turned onto a gravel road just past the sign.

A driver who was pulled over and issued a citation for failing to use a turn signal sued Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, claiming deputies illegally stopped and searched her car.

On Thursday, however, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the ruse checkpoint was constitutional and upheld a judge’s dismissal of the driver’s claims.

 

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