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    Post: Search of airbags

    Posted by Carol on 6/27/06

    Interesting fact pattern came up today, no case law on it
    yet in my state. Driver is pulled over and arrested for
    driving under suspension. Arguably a bad stop but then
    car is searched for "inventory" incident to towing.
    Officer notices the cover on the passenger-side air bag is
    loose and he takes it off. there is a Wal-mart bag inside
    the airbag compartment. Officer looks inside the bag and
    finds several psuedophed tablets. both driver and
    passenger are charged with assembling meth. Here's my
    question: is the search into the airbag compartment
    overbroad? How far can they go to take an inventory?
    into the trunk? into a locked glove box? taking out the
    airbags? Any experience or ideas from the group?

    Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Search of airbags, 6/27/06, by Carol.
  • Re: Search of airbags, 6/27/06, by Curmudgeon.
  • Re: Search of airbags, 6/28/06, by Carol.

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